My first two weeks in Germany I have the pleasure of taking a German language class in the beautiful and bustling Munich! After classes and on the weekends my classmates and I have been trying to experience everything Munich and the surrounding areas have to offer. We have visited castles, museums, churches, parks and anything else we can find, which hasn’t been difficult – in Munich, you can’t walk 50 feet without stumbling upon a photo-worthy building, fountain, or sculpture.
One of the coolest experiences I have had since I’ve been here (and possibly in my entire life?) has been hiking the Bavarian Alps that surround the Neuschwanstein Castle. Though the castle itself is basically packed with tourists, if you hike a bit further, past the Marienbrücke (a super old bridge that extends over a waterfall and offers an awesome view of the castle), it gets much less crowded and the views only get better. The hike can be around four to five hours to the peak and very dicey at times because the mountains are so very steep, but it is totally worth it, with incredible views of the castle, nearby lakes and mountains. Plus, there is a Gondola at the top which you can take down and get some more sweet Kodak moments!