|Me overlooking Neuschwanstein Castle|
This year's annual trip to Oktoberfest started with a flight to Zurich, Switzerland on September 15. Jonathan and I flew with our friends Rachel and Keith to Zurich, where they rented a car and drove through Austria to Germany--a gorgeous ride through the beautiful countryside.
|On the ride from Zurich to Füssen|
From the castle, there were wonderful views of the lake, Schwansee, which borders Hohenschwangau. The lake is so blue!
|Jonathan and his signature pose over Schwansee|
After touring the castle, we stopped in the village for some lunch and some beers at Bräustüberl. I had a nice bratwurst and a helles beer.
|Village below the castle. Yellow building is where the lunch and beers were purchased.|
|A dunkel, a helles, and a weissbier under Schloss Hohenschwangau|
We walked first to the Castle (about a 20 minute walk -- all uphill, then around the castle on a hike which led us to a bridge called Marienbrücke, which spans the Pöllat gorge, overlooking a waterfall that is almost 100 yards tall.
|Neuswanstein Castle from Bridge Marienbrücke|
|Waterfall far below the bridge|
After a gorgeous day visiting the castles, we hiked back down, drove back into Füssen, then Jonathan and I took the 7:05 train to Munich to begin the Oktoberfest adventure.