This is not my original work - this is a poster of Neuschwanstein Castle - this is the view I wanted but the #$%^ trail was closed!
Visiting Fussen and Neuschwanstein Castle was going to be one of the highlights of my trip to Bavaria, Germany in October 2009. I hit Fussen on an absolutely gorgeous day - crystal clear and sunny. I was looking for some great shots of Neuschwanstein after about a week of rain. From the bus stop you have to hike up a steep hill for a little bit - and unfortunately I started uphill at the same time three busloads of Japanese tourists started the climb - so no chance for solitude at all. The thought of shooting in perfect conditions kept pushing me on - right up to the time that I got to the gate to the Marienbrucke trail and found it locked and barred. I was so depressed - thought about skirting the gate and cutting through the woods but there was a nasty looking guard there. How depressing! I didn't get the shots I wanted, didn't want to hang around with hundreds of yapping tourists, so I ended back to Fussen, walked around, and took the bus back to Mittenwald determined to come back to Fussen when the gate is open. Fussen is a charming little town too - I should have spent more time there.