Day 3: A Castle fit for a Disney Princess

The alarm went off at 5:30 this Monday morning, and we caught an early train that took us through beautiful rural areas of Munich blanketed in snow, en route to the famed Neuschwanstein Castle.

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Much to Mr. Horner’s chagrin, most of us knew but one fact about the castle: It was Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle!! (So we had a little more to learn…)

Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle was lavishly designed as a retreat for Ludwig. The king used his personal fortune to fund the palace’s construction before depleting his resources, which led to his continuous opening of new credit lines and accruing astronomical debt. Ludwig was dethroned in 1886 and died later that year, never to see the completion of Neuschwanstein. Ironically, though Neuschwanstein led to the king’s ultimate demise, today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, bringing Bavaria millions in revenue each year.

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Day 1 & 2: Atlanta to Münich

Our group of seniors departed Atlanta Saturday afternoon and arrived in Münich bright and early Sunday morning – that’s six girls and six boys, some even with a few hours of sleep in them.

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After dropping luggage at the Euro Youth Hostel, we bundled up, prepared for rain, snow and even hail, to check out the city. Walking first to the Marienplatz, the city’s central plaza, where we watched and listened to the Glockenspiel display at the 11 a.m. daily chiming, we enjoyed a pastry-topped lunch nearby before looping past the Opera House and heading back for a warm nap!

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After an early dinner, we wrapped up a long and exciting first day with a welcomed 8 p.m. bedtime.