Friday Lens Affair #69

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

This week, I’m hosting Rhonda Krause from Travel? Yes Please! Blog and her superb photograph of Neuschwanstein Castle. Rhonda is a great photographer and her story about hopes to get the picture is so genuine! Happens to so many of us on our travels. Please do follow her blog on Twitter and Instagram.

Picture Story: Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria, Germany

I took this photo on my honeymoon, while we were on a five week trip across Europe. I had been wanting to see Neuschwanstein Castle for years. Who wouldn’t?! After seeing so many gorgeous photos of it on the internet. I was determined to get a gorgeous photo of my own, however capturing this scene was not easy.

The first day we went to Neuschwanstein, I was devastated when we got to the viewing bridge and the castle was completely covered in thick fog. I couldn’t see it at all. And that’s not an exaggeration! Every picture I took was nothing more than a cloud of white, the castle was nowhere to be seen.

The weather was not showing any signs of clearing up, so we planned to come back the next morning before we left for Rothenburg ob der Tauber. That night, before I fell asleep, I crossed my fingers and hoped that we would wake up to a beautiful, clear morning.

When we awoke early the next day, the fog was still so thick we couldn’t even see out our hotel window! I convinced my husband that we should make our way up to the castle again anyways. Thinking that maybe because the fog was so low, it would be clear up in the mountains.

We drove carefully back to Neuschwanstein Castle. Barely able to see past the hood of the car. As soon as we parked, we started speed walking up the mountain as fast as we could, trying to beat the rapidly rising fog to the top.

Soon we were up above the fog and could see the mountain tops peeking through the clouds. It was a beautiful sight but there was no time to stop and admire. We still had to hurry a little further to the castle.

When we got to the bridge, I saw the castle in its entirety and, no joke, almost cried! It was spectacular and I was so relieved that I could get the picture I was hoping for.

Seeing the fog in this picture rising up through the valley, will always remind me of what an adventure it was to get this photo. We were at the right place at the right time- not long after the castle was once again concealed by the mist.


49 thoughts on “Friday Lens Affair #69

  1. Nicole

    I went there on my birthday this year while studying in Germany!! Magical place :-).
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  2. Claire

    The adventure was certainly worth this amazing photograph!!! That is one to hang on the wall!

  3. Bill Madison

    I so want to visit there. Neuschwanstein Castle looks like a dream.

  4. Phoebe

    That is one hellava gorgeous photo! Picture perfect! Amazing story. Blown out!!

  5. Beautiful shot! I visited this castle many years ago and was blown away. Luckily, the day I visited was sunny.

    • That is great to hear Linda! But I’m still thinking about chilled winter day with some sun, I think it could be very cool as well!
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  6. Molly

    This is like something out of a fairytale book. Amazing!

  7. Great photo and post!!!! Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the prettiest places I’ve ever visited.

  8. Well this gorgeous photo was certainly worth the hassle! I was just at Neuschwanstein last weekend, and while rain storms and lightning were predicted for the day we were visiting the castle, we miraculously managed to see it in between rain showers. My heart would have broken if I didn’t get a good picture of it simply due to the weather!

    • Oh, it is crazy how getting pictures can spoil or lift your mood! I’m glad you get a good one Courtney! And I must admit I would be pretty upset as well!
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    • Rhonda

      I was so worried that I wasn’t going to be able to get a picture even the second day because of the fog. I would have been devastated because if I could only have one picture from our trip to Europe, this is the one I wanted. But, luckily it all worked out!

  9. What an amazing shot and well worth the effoert. One of the best shots of the castle I have ever seen.
    I only visited Neuenschwanstein once when I was 6 years old ….so impressive.

    • I tend to agree with you Karen, this is one of the best shots of this castle I have seen! But I must admit that once I have seen a photograph when the castle was all covered in snow and that was quiet spectacular as well!
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    • Rhonda

      Wow! Thanks so much for the compliment, Karen. Not only is the castle gorgeous, but the location is surreal!

  10. Sammy Dorn

    WOW! I have always wanted to visit this place. What would you recommend is the easiest way to get there etc? Incredible photo. So glad you got to see it clearly!

    • Oh for this question we need to wait for Ronda to answer :)
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    • Rhonda

      We rented a car and drove from Munich. I don’t remember how long the drive took, but I’m sure it was less than 2 hours. When you get to where the castle is, you can either walk up the hill, take a horse and carriage, or there’s a public bus that takes people up to the castle.

  11. Van

    The picture is lovely indeed and I like this post series too. Cool idea! I may submit a picture for it too….
    Anyway I have to admit that I’ve never been to Neuschwanstein even though I’m German, sad isn’t it?! I really need to go there…..

    • I wouldn’t worry about not seeing the castle yet, you have whole life to do so, but who can say they lived in the Arctic! You rock Girl. I would be more than happy to host your picture, send me an email and we can talk more about it!
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  12. Really nice shot. Very much worth the perseverance.

  13. Mary

    Absolutely amazing! This shot is so fantastic!

    • I can see we are on the same page!

    • Rhonda

      Thanks so much, Mary. Out of the thousands of travel photos I have, this one is my all time favourite!

  14. Beautiful photo! I visited the castle a few years ago on a day trip from Munich and when I arrived I discovered my camera was not working. Devastated that I have no photos but thankful for my memories.

    • Oh that is the biggest nightmare… camera that is not working. Few months ago I have broke a lens in mine, and those 3 days before I bought a new one was so weird, who would think that I will get accustom of my camera so much!
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  15. An incredible capture. Very romantic.

  16. Michele

    Normally when I see fog when I am going somewhere I think it spoils the day, this is stunning though it makes me realise that whatever the weather when you go somewhere you can get amazing photos to remember your experience

  17. Catherine

    What a stunning photo, the castle really looks like it came out of a fairytale! Makes it extra special that it only looked like this for a few minutes and you timed it perfectly :)

    • In photography often timing is everything!
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    • Rhonda

      Thank you! So much about photography is about being in the right place at the right time. It’s also about being patient and waiting for the magic moment.

  18. Urska

    Amazing! There are thousands of photos of Neuschwanstein Castle but this one really stands out!

    • It really does! I think it is truly superb and this mist just give it a perfect touch!
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    • Rhonda

      Thanks so much! So many photos of the castle are shot from the same this exact spot, but it’s the fog (that I was cursing so much the day before) that in the end really made this photo unique.

  19. Angela Travels

    Amazing photo! It is great that you tried so hard to capture a photo of the castle. I guess it pays out for those who wait :)

    • I sometimes wonder if photography is more about timing or just pure luck?

    • Rhonda

      It did take a lot of persistence and waiting. I had to wait for the castle to be lit by the sunlight while at the same time hoping the fog didn’t rise too quickly and hide the castle again. But luckily, it all worked out!

  20. Absolutely stunning! I have always wanted to visit this castle and Heather in particularly sees this just like one of those castles you associate with a fairytale. It’s gorgeous!

  21. Gorgeous photo! I love the blue colour on the fog and how you can imagine it rising slowly! It was worth running back to the castle clearly!

    • The fog creates whole beauty in this picture, at least for me!

    • Rhonda

      We ended up missing out on some other towns along the Romantic Road because we went back to the castle, hoping to get a picture, but it was absolutely worth it! This is my all time favourite photo!

  22. Gorgeous picture of a place I really want to visit! The fog is wonderful :)

    • I agree, this is one of the most beautiful picture of Neuschwanstein Castle I have ever seen!
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