Zurich, Switzerland and Fussen, Germany
June 13 June 13, 2010
Sunday morning we were fortunate that our friends took our heavy luggage to Zurich and we were able to stroll around Lake Maggiore, after which we had a lunch at a trattoria. Soon we were on the train heading out of the Ticino. From the train we saw several castles, but were only able to capture this one on film.
  June 14
June 14, 2010
After spending the night at our friends home, we spent Sunday enjoying Zurich, including time with the family. After lunch, we took a boat ride on the Limmat river and the Lake of Zurich, which included a view of the Dolder Hotel. That night, Neil rented rollerblades and participated in the monthly cruise through the streets of Zurich. Even the police participated.
June 15  
June 15, 2010
Tuesday saw Neil on a long train ride , through Romanshorn and around Lake Constance. After going around the southern tip of the lake, and a sliver of Austria, the train went east through the Bavarian Countryside, where every south-facing barn and outbuilding roof was covered in solar cells. Neil got stuck in Buchloe for a while, where he found this mill with a water wheel hidden in the back. The train ride offered great insights into the everyday activities, as well as a view of the old mechanical switching mechanism alongside the tracks. On the return trip, Neil crossed Lake Constance on a ferry from Nonnenhorn back to Romanshorn. Because thousands of bicyclists ride the perimeter of the lake, the ferry included many bicyclists.
  June 16
June 16, 2010
Early Wednesday Morning, Neil hiked from a drizzly but cute town of Fussen along a narrow road until he got his first glimpse of the Castles Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. The older Schloss Hohenschwangau was rebuilt by King Maximilion II and completed in 1837 and the newer Schloss Neuschwanstein was built on the ruins of a 12th century castle by King Ludwig II and completed in 1884. In the small village between the castles, Neil bought tickets to tour both of them. While waiting for the start times, he walked the surrounding trails, where he found ruins of older castles, views of the lake below the castles, and views of Schloss Hohenschwangau from below and the village from above. The tours were very informative and the inside of the castles were impressive. From inside Neuschwanstein, there was a good view of Schloss Hohenschwangau, and vice versa. Included in the tour of Neuschwanstein was a walk across a cable bridge on a nearby gorge. On the walk back, Neil found a path off the road and enjoyed the scenery before crossing the river by Fussen and arriving back at the village.
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