This winter, I finally got to explore Neuschwanstein Castle near the town of Füssen in Southwest Bavaria, Germany with my mom. It was our last day after two weeks of traveling before heading back to Madrid. This iconic castle was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, one of my favorite places to visit! The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II in the late 19th century. It is a Romanesque Revival palace with more than 1.3 million people visiting each year.
While in Munich last month, my mom and I took a day trip to Augsburg, Germany. Located just Northwest of Munich and less than an hour by train makes visiting Augsburg a really easy day trip. It’s one of the oldest cities in Germany and is rich in history. A day is all you need to explore the highlights of this beautiful city.
One of the best parts about living in Madrid is the close proximity to so many other cities, giving you plenty of options for day trips. My first trip to El Escorial was over seven years ago when I studied abroad my junior year of college. I knew what to expect, but I was still just as impressed as the first time.
Located about 22 miles northeast of Madrid is Alcalá de Henares, birthplace of Spain’s most well-known author, Miguel de Cervantes. If you’ve been living under a rock all your life, Miguel de Cervantes is the author of ‘El Ingenioso Hidalgo Don Quijote de la Mancha’, or just Don Quijote as its more commonly known. The book is a series compiled of short stories about Don Quijote and his sidekick, Sancho Panza.
If you’re looking to explore outside of San Diego, consider checking out Joshua Tree National Park. Just a short three hour drive northeast of San Diego, you’ll find yourself in two very distinct deserts, the Mojave and Colorado. On my most recent trip to San Diego, I decided to rent a car and take a solo day trip to Joshua Tree. Although the weather was overcast, it was still a beautiful day.