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King Ludwig's Castles vs. Bratislava

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Hi! In September I hope to travel to Germany/Austria/Czech Republic for about 2 and a half weeks. I am a 32 year old male from Texas, travelling solo, with interests in history, architecture, photography, sports, and hiking (and of course good food).

My rough itinerary is to land in Munich, then travel to Berchtesgaden, Salzburg, Vienna, Prague, Nuremberg, and Wurzburg, and then fly out of Frankfurt. I have been considering making a day trip to Ludwig's castles while in Munich (Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau, and Linderhof), but am beginning to wonder if maybe a day would be better spent visiting Bratislava instead?

I'm a bit torn. Bratislava appeals to me because it has a lot of history. It has Hrad Devin and Hrad Bratislava, two castles that that seem a lot more rich in history than King Ludwig's castles. Also, Bratislava seems to have many other interesting sights such as St. Martin's Cathedral and St. Elisabeth's Blue Church. And of course it would be interesting to experience Slovakia in contrast to mostly Germany, Austria, and Prague.

However, King Ludwig's castles are very visually impressive and look like they might offer amazing photo ops. And on top of that the countryside looks very beautiful. It does kind of bother me that the castles are not as historical, being built more in the late 19th century and being more palaces than castles. But they do still look like magnificent structures that I would like to visit. But unfortunately I can't visit everything!

Any advice is appreciated! I'm just wondering if anyone can offer me any tips on my dilemma. Thanks!

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