Castles, castles, and more castles! With interrail, we travel for a month through Europe to see as many castles as possible, by train. Maartje’s fairytale dreams are finally coming true (yup she’s a huge Disney fan). But there are so many castles to see in Europe, where to start? Our first stop: Düsseldorf, not to see a castle but to meet our friend Antoine and to see a different kind of magic…
TIGER AND TURTLE MAGIC MOUNTAIN
Besides castles, of course, we want to see other things as well. When we read about a rollercoaster art installation where you can walk on, we need to go there. It’s close to Düsseldorf so it’s a great thing we can meet our friend Antoine as well. Maartje met Antoine in Chicago a few years ago, later he stayed at our place in Amsterdam and now we can stay with him. The perks of meeting people on the road: you have friends everywhere! Antoine shows us around the city, which surprises us in the best way. We never really thought about visiting Düsseldorf (except to take cheap flights from) but it’s definitely a great city to go to. The art installation is even more awesome. Just look at it yourself; wouldn’t you want to walk on it?!
Our second stop in Germany is Heidelberg, a cute fairytale-like town, and apparently a place many tourists go to (we never heard about it before). We go there to meet Sofieke from @dutchgoesabroad. On our way to Heidelberg, we stop at Schloss Drachenburg, a lesser-known castle but it looks like it just came out of a Disney movie. We fly our drone around and when we got all our shots someone runs toward us as if the castle is on fire. It’s not allowed to fly your drone at the castle, oops… Luckily we already shot all we wanted 😉
Burg Eltz is one of the famous castles in Germany. You definitely want to visit early in the morning (if you want the best shots). Together with Sofieke and her boyfriend Ole, we drive to Burg Eltz and we’re the only ones there! That makes the castle even more magical. We notice droning isn’t allowed at castles most of the times, keep that in mind! So if you do it, make sure to do it when nobody is around – safety first. Burg Eltz isn’t the only castle we explore together. We also see the castle in the beautiful town of Cochem. It’s a fantastic day!
HOHENZOLLERN & LICHTENSTEIN CASTLE
Travelling by train in Germany is convenient. We notice travelling by bus is less convenient. You would think multiple buses go to famous castles like Hohenzollern and Lichtenstein, but sadly they aren’t that easy to reach by public transport. We can’t combine both castles in one day so go to Hohenzollern first. I must say it’s a beautiful castle but can’t compete with Lichtenstein. Woaaah Lichtenstein castle is such a pretty castle; it’s my favourite so far.
Again, we meet up with people we haven’t seen in a while again. Kevin and Jacqueline couchsurfed at our place in 2016 and we haven’t seen them since. So it’s definitely time to reconnect! What better place to meet up than the world famous Neuschwanstein? Arguably the most famous castle in the world. It’s the castle that inspired Disney for Cinderella’s castle and the Sleeping Beauty castle in the original Disneyland! As we stayed in Munich, we catch a train towards Füssen, where our friends Kevin and Jacqueline pick us up by car. Together we visit Neuschwanstein and, man; there are so many other tourists. Not my favourite castle of all but definitely worth a visit.
From Munich, we get on a train all the way to… Slovenia!! It’s funny: we’ve already travelled to many countries but still, when we travel to a country, we both are a bit nervous. Can you relate?
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