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15 Dec 2016
If you are searching for a romantic and splendid Christmas holiday, I will share a well-kept secret along: Head to Schwangau and discover the Neuschwanstein Castle village with the border of Germany and Austria.

Having lived in Dubai in the boom years, to see new buildings emerge like mushrooms, I cannot believe how unspoiled the Neuschwanstein Castle area is. Despite over 1 million tourists visiting Neuschwanstein every year (and 3 more castles in a 3 mile radius), there won't be any high-risers, no ugly modern buildings (a tribute with a great municipality who puts tradition over financial gains). Instead you'll sense that the years have stood still: old farms and mountain chalet style houses abound and you still see farmers on the bicycles leading their small herds along the route to the pasture - a marvelous heart-warming sight in a first world country. Here are my top reasons for spending your winter and yuletide Holiday in Schwangau and also the Neuschwanstein Castle area.

1. Magic Neuschwanstein Castle & The King Ludwig Story

Neuschwanstein Castle is probably the most famous and arguably the most amazing castle on the planet. It attracts over A million visitors per year throughout the planet and even inspired Walt Disney to come up with orlando Kingdom/ Cinderella castle. Through Hollywood Orlando Kingdom and Cinderella Castle, however, could possibly be better yet known than the stunning original from the Alpine mountains of Bavaria. Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II in Bavaria. His mysterious death inside a nearby lake continues to be substance for rumours today.

2. Great Skiing and Winter Sport Opportunities (downhill, nordic, skate boarding)

In a 5-30 minutes drive you will have a minimum of 5 ski resorts and 140km of slopes for downhill skiing / snowboarding / ski touring for your use. You'll find slopes for many abilities and ski schools in addition to ski/snowboard rental opportunities in virtually every resort. Almost all resorts provide a snow-garantuee providing additional powder snow when the weather not comply. With mountain huts scattered everywhere in the Alpine mountains, you will find tons of top reasons to stop for sunbathing about the terraces sipping a warm drink or having a plate of rustic mountain hut food, like "K�sspatzen" (small local noodles tossed in mountain cheese) or "Kaiserschmarrn" (torn pancake with raisins and almonds topped with apple or cherry sauce). You can even go night-skiing right under Neuschwanstein castle. Schwangau even offers 30 km of nordic skiing tracks, 2km ones can also be flood-lit during the night. Finally, there are tobogganing slopes from many mountain huts and in most ski resorts and ice skating opportunities on one with the 6 lakes in the immediate neigbhourbood.

3. Romantic German Christmas Markets

German Christmas Markets ("Weihnachstmarkt") are famous for their cosy and romantic Christmas atmosphere. You wouldn't want to miss them. Schwangau runs a culinary Christmas Market in November and F�ssen, the medieval cobble-stoned town 3 miles away runs a magic Christmas Market almost all of December. Imagine strolling via a maze of stalls displaying treasures from wood-carved figures, "nutcrackers", little pottery things to a myriad of Holiday decorations even though the air is stuffed with the sweet odor of mulled wine and freshly baked waffles.

4. Wellness The possiblility to Relax & Give yourself a break

There are several wellness offers in the area such as massages, sauna, light therapy etc. Of special interest are the hot pools in the royal spa thermal bath ("K�nigliche Kristalltherme"). Connected indoor and outdoor pools allow you to take advantage of the warm steaming water while raising your face in the ice-cold air - consider the sense of snow flakes falling all over the place melting instantly because they hit the warm water. Throughout the fields the truth is the nordic skiers sliding by and contrary to the mountain behind them emerges Neuschwanstein Castle. An experience never to be missed !

5. Breath-taking Horse-sledge Rides over the Winter Wonderland to find out Wild Deer Being Fed

You can rent your personal horse-drawn sledge or join one of several regularly scheduled excursions to the castles, the mountain huts or even the deer feeding area from the woods. Wrapped up in warm blankets you'll savor the clean fresh air as well as the breath-taking panoramic views of snow covered mountains and white valleys. One among my own favourites is seeing nature deer being fed so in the area that one could nearly touch them. To stop them rushing away, you'll hardly dare to breathe attempting to stay silent as you see the majestic male deer slowly approaching the rest of the herd: a magic encounter together with the wild !

6. Dramatic New Year's Eve Fireworks Wherever You appear

In Germany New Year's Eve is definitely celebrated with fireworks wherever you peer. Everyone with this country can buy and launch their own and quite a few families do. Test it yourself while you're here? Imagine watching the fireworks more than one of the castles holding the one you love(s) and making a want the new year ahead. Commemorate to have an unforgettable moment. After midnight many families embark on a convention called "Bleigie�en" (lead pouring) to calculate everyone's good fortune for that new year. Little bits of lead are melted in little pans in the flame of an candle. Once the lead is liquid you pour it in a bowl of cold water where it instantly forms a shape. Everyone then has fun interpreting madness on this contour around predict the pourer's fortune for the coming year. You can purchase the complete "lead pouring" kit at supermarkets in Germany. Best of luck J !

7. Delicious Local Food Specialities

The area meals is delicious and you will find a good amount of restaurants to choose from. Pork dishes like "Schweinshaxe" (pork knuckle) are frequent but game and fish can also be local specialities out of the box the famous "Apfelstrudel" with vanilla sauce or ice cream. An area speciality may be the "Brotzeit" which can be big platters with cold cut meat and cheese served with fresh German bread, freshly baked "Brezen" (big soft pretzels) and bread rolls. Finally, there is selection of local beers in an attempt to have you thought to go to the local brewery or perhaps the cheesemaker for any guided tour how those delicacies are set up?

8. Luxury & Rustic Hotels and Holiday Accommodation

There are lots of cosy holiday apartments and opulent rooms in hotels to choose from. Lately more and more luxury holiday apartments cater to the growing need for a very relaxing and opulent holiday. Most architecture is kept in the normal "Allgaeu" style, a variation from the mountain chalet using lots of wood around the facade with wooden balconies on several sides of your home. There are also many working farms which provide accommodation combined with an event of true farm life. For the first world country and also the village with the King's Castles Schwangau posseses an astonishing volume of dairy farms. A great idea is able to hear the gentle ring of the cow bells wherever you remain :-)

9.Welcoming and Friendly People Who Celebrate Their Traditions

As soon as we found its way to this region, folks have been extraordinarily friendly and forthcoming. They may be helpful, authentic and genuine. Everyone takes great pride in their traditions and heritage and many types of over the year you can find festivals displaying local dance, music, clothing ("Lederhosen" and "Dirndl") not to mention beer. Many people in Schwangau speak enough English to support a discussion and lots of accomplish that readily with astonishing fluency. There's also a growing international community in the area and naturally tourists from all over the entire world. This may cause Schwangau a true "international village". If you come drop me a contact and i'll help you with insider information about this dream location.

10.Great History

With the much pure beauty, high Alpine mountains and crystal clear mountain lakes all within the same small region, it is hardly surprising how the bishops and German Kings built their castles here. Even the Romans and Celts had decided to settle here. The truth is, the Via Claudia Augusta, one of many big Roman trading roads leads right the way through Schwangau joining the province of Germania through Austria to Rome. You'll find Roman pillars and visit a whole Roman villa on your magic vacation to this exceptional place.


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