Looming over the small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau are the turrets and towers of one of the world’s most famous “fairytale” castles. Schloß Neuschwanstein, or “New Swan Stone Castle”, was the fantastical creation of King Ludwig II – a monarch who dreamed of creating for himself an ideal medieval palace, nestled in the Alps. Though designed to represent a 13th-century Romanesque castle, Neuschwanstein was a thoroughly 19th-century project, constructed using industrial methods and filled with modern comforts and conveniences; indeed, without the technological advancements of the time, Ludwig could never have escaped into his medieval fantasy.

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Welcome to Munich, the Bavarian capital

Last year, Jade and I visited Munich, Germany’s third largest city and capital of Bavaria. These scenes from the top of St. Peter’s Church typify a city bursting with characterful German stereotypes.

During September, the city comes to life as people from all over the world descend for the annual beer and cultural festival, Oktoberfest. We’ll be publishing our guide to Oktoberfest soon.

In the meantime, soak in the neo-classical and gothic architecture.

Have you been to Munich? If not, would you like to go?

What would be positive about Bavaria separating from Germany’s “unethical rule”( quote from Seehofer, Bavarian premier):

1. Austria would no longer be a neighbouring country.

2. 90% of all stereotypes about Germans would suddenly be invalid

3. Munich can finally give up on trying to be a major German city

4. The Bundesliga would still be interesting in May

5. Merkel could refuse Seehofer entry to Germany.


Water cascading over a slope in Bavaria.