The Wanderlust Hype
As already mentioned above, a lot of sights are hyped extremely via Instagram and are very popular as motives to post. In my opinion, this is due to the topics of “Wanderlust” and “Roam”. In the years before, everybody used to post selfies and pictures from their vacation. Now, they have been replaced by photos of hiking through nature and discovering spectacular views. Only a few people are aware, that most of these “discoveries” are already well-known. In summer, this place is crowded with tourists (mostly from Asian countries) and is challenging Neuschwanstein Castle in terms of mass tourism.
Luckily, we were there one day before New Year’s Eve and had shitty weather, which allowed us to take photos without having somebody in front of the lense all the time. There were 20 to 30 people around at maximum, even though it was in the afternoon (the tourist rush-hour). Unfortunately, we were not able to take a guided tour through the castle because of the holidays. The good thing about it was that there was no ticket inspector at the parking lot. Normally you have to pay 2-3 €. The walk to the castle took about 15 minutes. Usually, there is also a shuttlebus. You get the best view, if you walk up the street that leads away from the castle. There are also nice hiking trails around the castle, so make sure to bring plenty of time.
I myself try to shoot great photos also from unspectacular motives or explore rather unknown places around my hometown. Just recently for instance, I discovered an old railway viaduct, close to Trier with the help of a friend.