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Lesson: Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria

Setting the scene:

      The family flies to Berlin in Germany. Dad drives a company car south to Bavaria. They intend to visit the beautiful castle of Neuschwanstein.

People in This Story:
  • Dad; Hans; Mel; Mom; Wes
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  • "Speed Talk" is in pink; meaning is in [brackets].


    Dad:       All right family, I promised you a trip to the Alps someday. We'll be there soon.

    Mel:       Wow! It's like a dream come true. Thanks, Dad. This is a super vacation!

    Dad:       It's not exactly a vacation for me. You get the fun and I get the work.

    Wes:       That's tough eggs, Dad. But we know you can handle the job.

    Mom:       Don't grouse, dear. You'll have time to enjoy some sight-seeing with us.

    Wes:       Speaking of that, what is this place?

    Dad:       The village of Schiltach in Baden-Wurttemberg. I know, it's out of the way, but I thought you'd like to see it.

    Mom:       It's a lovely, quaint town.

    [Later, they arrive in Bavaria. Dad takes another slight detour to view Bartholomae Church. Three days pass before he has time to take the family on the Neuschwanstein outing. Hans, a friend from a major German university, goes with them.]

    Mel:       This is Great! I need a picture with Wes.

    Hans:       Prince Ludwig of Bavaria spent too much money to build Neuschwanstein Castle. After his death, Bavaria became part of a united Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm.

    Wes:       How come it looks so familiar to me?

    Hans:       [Laughing] That is because Walt Disney used this as a model for his Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.

    Mom:       Hans, was this the only castle Ludwig constructed?

    Hans:       Nein. [German language for "no"] He earlier built one at Linderhof.

    Mom:       Oh, the inside is fabulous, too! I certainly like this Singers Hall. The wood carving in his bedroom likewise is exquisite!

    Dad:       The Bavarian Alps serve as a fantastic backdrop for this castle. You'll get a better view of the Alps on our trip next week.

    Wes:       That's right. We get another chance to ride the rails.

    [Dad takes the family from Germany by train to visit Switzerland. Click here to see the following story: Mountain Wonderland.]

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