Anniversary Weekend–Day 2

Sunday morning held even cooler temperatures and off and on appearances of the sun.  We had a quick breakfast and started our ascent to the Hohenschwangau castle, the one that Ludwig built for his parents.  This climb was not nearly as long.  You can take a slightly inclined path and walk for 20 minutes or an all-step, straight-up, no-nonsense path that takes 5 minutes.  We were champs and did the steps. 

We spent some time walking around all the different levels of the castle, though we did not sign up for a tour of the inside.  We liked this castle because it had so many marks of Bavaria on it as well as a giant swan on top of the castle that was illuminated at night.

After looking around the outsides of the castle, we decided to head toward the Alpensee, the beautiful lake that is situated in Hohenschwangua.  The lake is so striking because of its color, a turqois-blue that is characteristic of all the Alpine lakes and is due to mineral deposits. 

Since she saw the horses at the beginning of the weekend, Lauren was concerned about their treatment. (Were they rested?  How many times a day did they have to make the climb up the hill?  Were they rotated in and out?) Finally, though, as anyone could have predicted, she gave into her instincts and spent some time with the horses.  It was inevitable.

After seeing the Hohenschwangua castle and the Alpensee, we decided to head home because we had exhausted the town’s sites (and the weather did not convince us to try hiking).  Lauren paid 30 cents to use the WC and 1 1/2 hours later, with a speed of 200 kph touched on the Autobahn, we were back in Heidenheim. 

We ended our anniversary weekend with a lovely dinner on the terrace of a local Italian restaurant called “La Piazza.” 

1 year down, many more to come!

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2 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Pam on July 20, 2010 at 4:35 pm

    I loved the last picture of you and Russ; you finally took off the sunglasses. I have no doubt that there will be many more lovely anniersaries in your future!


  2. Posted by Cheryl on July 23, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Congrats on one year! Know you’ll have many more to come.
    Awesome pictures
    I don’t think I could live without my air conditioner.
    Have a great time!


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