During my younger and more adventurous days (aka pre-teaware obsession era), I traveled quite a bit through Europe. I always wished that I had brought home teacups as mementos of my international trips...
...so I was beyond thrilled when my friend gifted me this gorgeous teacup from West Germany for Christmas! The contemporary Victorian-inspired teacup featured a courting couple.
The inaugural cup of tea.A sip of the yummy Stash Black Forest Black Tea transported me back to my 2008 visit of Germany.
On our way to see Schloss Neuschwanstein, the most popular castle in Europe, we passed the 19th century Schloss Hohenschwangau. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to stop for a visit.
At Marienbrücke ("Marie's Bridge"), we enjoyed stunning views of the castles, mountains, and lakes. Just don't look down!
A view of Schloss Hohenschwangau from Marienbrücke.
The magnificent Schloss Neuschwanstein was built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II whose nicknames included: Fairy Tale King, Swan King, Mad King of Bavaria. You can read more about the castle and king's interesting history here.
Unfortunately, photography was prohibited during the 30-minute guided tour which was limited to certain floors/rooms. You can do a virtual tour of the beautiful interior by clicking here.
|photo credit: lhbrizzante CINDERELLA'S CASTLE via photopin (license)|
The resemblance between the Bavarian Fairy Tale Castle and the Magic Kingdom is no coincidence. Walt Disney had modeled Cinderella's Castle after Schloss Neuschwanstein.
|photo credit: Eric Black Forest German Cake via Flickr (license)|
I tried to order Black Forest cake during my trip, but had trouble finding it at the cities that we visited (Munich, Berlin, Dresden). I did enjoy quite a bit of Bavarian Apple Strudel though!
What's your favourite German dessert?
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