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.