I boarded the 8:05pm City Night Line train from Paris to Berlin, Germany arrive 12 hours and 20 minutes later at 8:25am. It cost $177 for second class seating for the 654.2 kilometer ride. I chose this over the 1hr40min plane ride because it was cheaper in repect for the ride and because that way i did not have to pay for a hotel room for the night, I had just slept on the bunks in the train.
Arriving in the morning I had all my bags with me I had decided to go eat and do some local sightseeing. I sat down for a brunch to kill a bit of time, it was quite delicious though. From there I had made my way over to the Holocost Memorial, a monument to the murdered Jews in Europe. The monument is a series of stone slabs, arranged in such as way as to create disorientation and confusion, the aim being to symbolise that at this time the Human Race lost its way. This experience was nothing like anything ive ever been through before but I did truely love it.
Berlin, Holocaust Mahnmal
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I then went to the Mitte which is what they call the centre of Berlin, its located on along the Spree River. I would like to stay at a hotel or hostel here because it is surrounded by a number of monuments and landmarks. I went to the Berlin Cathedral right in the centre of the Mittte. It was beautiful, it was gigantic, they even let us climb through the cathedral to the top of the dome for view over the city, while inside the building the church itself is a beautiful example of Neo-Renaissance architecture.
After this I checked into my hotel for 55EUR, it was alright but i didnt mind paying since i was only staying for 1 night anyway. After cleaning up i had planned on heading to the Brandenburg Gate, that was the first thing i got off my "Things To Do In: Germany" list. It had been truely magnificant, having suffered minor damage during World War II the governments of East and West Germany worked together on restoration work and now the Brandenburg Gate has come to symbolise peace and a unified Germany. At night it lit up the city clowing beautifully.
Back at the hotel I took advantage of their wireless internet to find out more about visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle, its between Munich and Austria. Maybe I'll stop through munich on my way there. Looking online i found a 6hr5min train ride via raileurope for 43$, It departed the next morning at 8:08am. I was too excited to sleep, this was a dream come true.
I woke up early anxious to leave but dreading it at the same time, i boarded the bus arriving some time around 2:15pm to the wonderful city of Munich. This was only a stop on my way to Neuschwanstein Castle, and i had only really planned on staying here for the day and maybe go to one of their famous nightclubs. Upon arrival i headed over to the which was the official home of Bavaria's monarchs from 1385 to 1918. Though during World War II, the Residenz was almost completely destroyed but many of the masterpieces inside were moved to safety before the bombs hit the palace. Today, the Residenz Museum occupies the southwestern portion of the palace and consists of about 120 rooms full of art, furnishings, and other treasures. The museum is open daily and admission is free for those 15 years of age and younger, so it was simple for me to go pay a visit.
I had gotten cleaned up in a public bathroom then put my bags in a locker at the bus terminal so after the nightclub I could head over for my 3am bus ride to to Neuschwanstein Castle.
I slept through the ride, but it wasnt really that long buti slept through it really.. you could call it a nap really but i was just so pumped to go to such a beautiful castle i didnt feel all that tired.
The castle was GORGEOUS, it looked like every little girls dream castle where they were the princess. Neuschwanstein Castle litterally means “New Swan Castle” and was built in the 19th century though designed as if it were made in the 13th century. It is located in the Alps in Bavaria, in a magnificent landscape, on the top of a hill. Neuschwanstein overlooks the Hohenschwangau valley. As if the castle itself wasnt beautiful enough the land around it was just as beautiful. Did you know that this fairytale look of the Neuschwanstein castle inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom at disney world. CRAZY, I KNOW!
Anyways there were a couple buses that came for the tour so i transferred onto the bus coming from austria and followed them back. TTYL AUSTRIA BOUND