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The cleanest place I’ve ever been

Filed in Austria, Blog, Germany, United Kingdom by on May 1, 2014

While in Bavaria, I also got to spend some time in the Alps, which were indeed the cleanest place I’ve ever been (but not in the sterile way, the natural way): first, a pilgrimage to the fairytale-esque castle Neuschwanstein, which was built in the 19th century by the extravagant King Ludwig II. The Alps are so pristine that my words would probably figuratively dirty them, so instead I will just provide photos.

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Training through Bavaria towards the Alps

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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Waterfall at Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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View from Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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Alps at Hohenschwangau, Germany

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Alps at Hohenschwangau, Germany

I next made my way to Salzburg, Austria, home of Mozart and “The Sound of Music.” If the Alps were pristine, Salzburg was immaculate. Not a flower petal, blade of grass or note of music was out of place (except the ones sung by tourists dancing around Mirabell Palace gardens singing off-pitch renditions of “Do-Re-Mi”).

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Mirabell Palace, Salzburg, Austria

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Mirabell Palace, Salzburg, Austria

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Mirabell Palace, Salzburg, Austria

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Salzburg, Austria

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View from the Mönchsberg in Salzburg, Austria

Finally, I made my way just across the border back into Germany to Berchtesgaden National Park.

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Lake Königssee, Germany

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Lake Königssee, Germany

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Berchtesgaden National Park, Germany

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Lake Königssee, Germany

After the silence of the Alps and harmony of classical music in Bavaria and Austria, I headed to Italy, which proved to be slightly more cacophonous. More to come!

 

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