Le Chic En Rose

Diaries of an independent traveller

Following on from our tour of Neuschwanstein, we decided to take the alpine trail up from the castle to the little bridge that spans the Pollat Gorge, the Marienbruecke. The famous views of Neuschwanstein, seen in many calendars and travel guides, are taken from this iconic bridge. It’s about a 10 minute stroll up from the castle to reach the pretty lookout spot. Despite the fairly steep incline, the beautiful scenery and the crisp mountain air makes for a lovely walk.

 

 

We were somewhat taken aback when we found the little bridge – it was certainly rather smaller and more rickety looking than I’d anticipated! Furthermore it was teeming with tourists. Monsieur Le Chic took one look at the rather flimsy looking wooden structure (albeit with metal supports and railings) and flatly refused to set foot on it.

 

 

Swaying in the wind and possibly under the weight of all the tourists too, the quaint Marienbruecke did look a tad unsafe. However I’d come a long way to see the view and really wanted some photos from the bridge, so Mlle and I, having waited for a temporary lull in visitors, gingerly set foot on the wooden boards. It did feel a bit wobbly and we tried not to look down at the deep Pollat Gorge below but we were rewarded with some amazing views. Suffice to say I took a lot of shots!

 

 

Now there is a postscript to our visit. When I was researching my Neuschwanstein articles, I came across a message on the Neuschwanstein visitors’ information page, which gave details of renovation work being carried out on the Marienbruecke. Work was expected to finish mid November 2015 so I assumed it was routine maintanence work done in low season.  However the updated message says that because of major renovation works the bridge is now not expected to reopen until the end of May 2016. In addition the hiking trail through the Pollat Gorge is closed until further notice owing to a rockfall! Monsieur Le Chic may have had a point after all! Fortunately the route up to Neuschwanstein and tours of the castle are not affected.  Further information can be obtained from the Neuschwanstein web page here.  I also found a good article on the Deutsche Welle website about the bridge repairs (see here), which amongst other things says that once the bridge is reopened the number of people allowed on the bridge at any one time will be restricted!

Hopefully work will finish as anticipated towards the end of spring 2016 and visitors will once again be able to enjoy the breathtaking views from the Marienbruecke, over the Pollat Gorge and beyond!

 

View of Neuschwanstein taken from the Marienbruecke

View of Neuschwanstein taken from the Marienbruecke

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25 thoughts on “View From the Marienbruecke

  1. Lovely place and nice pics. Thanks for the tour. (Suzanne)

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    1. So glad you enjoyed it Suzanne! We were very lucky to get these photos at all as it looks like the bridge will be closed for a while!

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  2. poshbirdy says:

    Stunning pictures. It’s so unusual to see a landscape with so many verticals! And well done for braving the bridge (gulp!)

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    1. Thanks! Yes I’m not sure I would have ventured onto the bridge at all if I’d know about all the repair work that was necessary beforehand!! I was happy that the photos came out – it was a bit wobbly up there!

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  3. restlessjo says:

    How glorious is this!!! Proper fairytale 🙂

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    1. It truly is a fairytale place Jo – more than lived up to expectations it was simply magical!!

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  4. If I had built that castle then I would have made sure that my bedroom was in one of those towers – never mind the steps!

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    1. It certainly would be good to wake up to such a stunning view!

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      1. Wonderful, just perfect!

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  5. The photos are incredible Rosemary, definitely worth braving the bridge!! Better not to have known then about the upcoming repairs….. Good to know when it will be open again too, I would love to stand on it and take in these views.

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    1. Yes I’m not sure whether I’d have gone on there if I’d known about the repairs Joy! I do remember feeling a bit relieved when we stepped off the bridge as I had visions of it giving way! Certainly by the time it reopens you can rest assured it will be much stronger and it seems a good idea to limit the number of people on there at once. Having said that it was an amazing experience to stand on there and admire the views – it’s so gorgeous and I’d love to go back one day too!

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  6. ledrakenoir says:

    Amazing – excellent captured so fascinating… 🙂

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    1. Thanks Drake – it was a great location to take photos! 🙂

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  7. Lucy says:

    It’s amazing that you managed to visit Neuschwanstein!! I totally love the way it looks. I hope I can see it soon. The view is beautiful! Glad to know you had a wonderful time. Have a great weekend! x

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    1. Thanks Lucy – yes we were so happy to be able to go there it’s s beautiful place! Hope you’ll be able to go there soon too 🙂 Magnificent views and it’s lovely being up in the Alps. Hope you have a lovely week 🙂

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  8. Sartenada says:

    Stunning photos. I would love to visit the Place sometimes.

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    1. Thanks it’s a beautiful part of the world – amazing setting for the castle and spectacular scenery 🙂

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  9. Beautiful pix of castle! 😃

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    1. Thanks – it’s such a beautiful place and I took lots of photos! Such a stunning setting up in the Alps! 🙂

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  10. Trying and failing to come up with adjectives not already used, so just have to go ahead and say: what a beautiful place you have shown us!

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    1. Yes after a while you run out of “superlative”adjectives for a place like Neuschwanstein! “A beautiful place” is a very apt description though and glad you enjoyed looking at the photos – I took so many!!

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  11. This is IMPRESSIVE, wow!! Thanks so much for sharing this beautiful place, and the information about the maintenance work, hope they will finish on time 🙂
    Happy travels!

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    1. Thanks Laia it is such a beautiful place and we were lucky to get there before the bridge was closed for repairs. Hopefully it will reopen on time! The views from there were stunning so am glad I took lots of photos to share – it was an amazing day out there! 😃

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