Day 10: Austria and crossing the border to Germany

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We took a hike.

Our first day in Austria we took a long hike over across the border to King Ludwig’s castle. The hike was amazing and beautiful. It felt like something out of Lord of the Rings or Eragon. The hike was an hour and a half and then we arrived at King Ludwig’s castle in Germany. The village and the castle were beautiful. They had horse drawn carriages for people who didn’t want, or weren’t able to, to walk up the steep hill. We took one up for my Grandma and it was a lot of fun. I felt bad for the horse though. It was hot and not doubt carrying heavy people all day up and down hills would not be easy. The castle is enormous and run extremely efficiently. You are given a set time to go in to see the castle and you must make that time, or else you will not be able to make it. It unfortunately did not allow pictures, but the tour went through maybe 1/8th of the castle. The majority of the castle is unfinished due to the fact that King Ludwig was discovered to be mad and was kicked off the throne before it could be finished. However the finished portion was extremely lavish and very detailed. The bedroom was covered in the most detailed wood carvings that took months to make. Quite grand and the king only managed to live in his rooms for a very short time before being forced to leave. After the castle we all ate lunch outside. Our hotel had packed us sandwichs and there were chips and drinks and for dessert, chocolate. The food made even better because we were eating outside in the village. After we drove to a park where the whole tour got to try out Luging. It’s an Olympic sport, and if you don’t know what it is I suggest looking it up because it’s rather difficult to explain. Seeing as it’s a winter sport and this was the middle of summer they had a metal track which you rode metal/plastic sleds down. You can go slow or fast depending on this lever you pull. It was fun but I don’t think that I’ll be making that my next sport.

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What a nice day.

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Horses grazing. When I was younger all I wanted to go was ride these beautiful creatures.

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A house in the woods.

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The border between Austria and Germany.

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An endless road that’s rarely walked.

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Peter Pan’s lookout perhaps?

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An abandoned rowboat.

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This looks like something out of a movie.

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Beautiful clear water.

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This texture is amazing.

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This was one side of the village.

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This is the castle, rising out of the fog.

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Swan Lake.

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This castle is huge.

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Pictures were not allowed but this is what the entire castle looked like.

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I love this style of architecture.

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The village is so cute!

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Flowers make me smile!

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Driving away on the bus.

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Me on the Luge. Unfortunately I didn’t enjoy it as much as everyone said I would.

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I have the coolest Grandma ever.

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My mom had a blast.

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