Friday, November 23, 2012

Penner's Spotlight - Natalie Walters - Germany

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Penner: Natalie Walters of New Mexico
(currently lives in Cairo, Egypt)

Location: Schwangau, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle

A lifelong fan of anything Disney, it came as no surprise to my family when I told them I had booked a tour to see Neuschwanstein Castle. This castle is said to be the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle at Disneyland and is perched high upon a hillside with breathtaking views of Bavaria.
Germany’s Neuschwanstein Castle – Fairy tale castle in the snow
We boarded a bus full of tourists grateful they weren’t navigating the winding roads from Garmisch and two hours later we pulled up to a small village overrun with holiday travelers. We had three options for making our way up to the castle—horse and carriage, bus, or walking. My active family of five chose to enjoy the scenery and get some exercise and so we walked.

“Hurray, I made it!” pose at the castle’s main entrance after their climb
The fresh air pierced our lungs and our breath came out in quick wisps of white as we walked up the paved but very steep two-mile journey. I ignored any vain attempts by my children to hop on the carriages as they passed us and instead told them to enjoy the spectacular view of royalty.

Evergreens with fresh snow heavy on their limbs stood sentry and above our labored breathing you could hear the babbling brook cascading down the mountain as we made our way to the castle. We stopped and took pictures at any and all lookout points along the way and promised the kids a warm apple strudel as a sweet reward for their journey. My journey was rewarded when we finally made our way to the front steps of the castle.

Towering white limestone, marble and sandstone created a refuge for a reclusive King Ludwig II, but what I saw was a beautiful sanctuary that left me in awe. It’s no wonder why Walt Disney was inspired, my trip to the castle was a dream come true.

Have or do you live overseas? Have you taken in the sights of Germany before? We'd love to hear about it. Please join the discussion in the comments.

Natalie Walters is married to a wonderful husband and blessed with three rambunctious children. They are a dedicated military family that has moved all over the country and now the world as they are currently stationed in Cairo, Egypt.

She says her life is full of surprises and adventures that give her an abundance of ideas for characters and stories. Her desire is to use her God-given talent to take those ideas and use them to write stories that are relatable, inspiring, and entertaining.

For more information about Natalie, her travels and her life in a military family, check out her blog,

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  1. Thanks for allowing me to post about my experience to the castle. It was such a fun trip! :)

    1. You're welcome, Natalie! Thanks so much for sharing! I hope we can stay in touch. :) Have a great weekend!