Our journey back from Neuschwanstein took us through some zehr scenic terrain, beginning with the town of Füssen and a quick dash across the border into Austria -- just because we could.
We spent a good chunk of time decoding cryptic signs and inching through snow-covered back roads of the Bavarian countryside in search of the Wieskirche. For a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the famous baroque church seemed to boast an unexpected, Kafkaesque inaccessibility--until we discovered the four-lane road for tour buses approaching from the other direction. The white interior of church was particularly beautiful in the bright, snowy afternoon light -- though it was matched by the equally pale beauty of the Nürnberger sausages and sauerkraut offered at the restaurant across the street.
Finally, we took the Deutsche Alpenstrasse through Oberammergau (a few years early for the next rendition of the Passion Play) and back to Munich for Miles' birthday finale.