We stopped by at Füssen from Stuttgart en route to Salzburg for another overnight stop over. I chose Füssen for a quick stop not because of convenience but I wanted to see the most famous castle in Germany: Neuschwanstein Castle – the inspiration to many fairy tale and princesses castles all over the world, most notably that of Disney theme parks. This castle is not exactly in Füssen, but in Hohenschwangau village just about 3 miles away.
The travel from Stuttgart to Füssen takes about 4 hours. There are no direct train in this route and we needed to change to another train halfway in Augsburg. Nonetheless, I enjoyed this leg of our trip because of the amazing sights and landscape of Southern Bavaria. Not to mention, the weather was great and there were not a lot of people aboard the train.
From Füssen station, we took a bus to the village of Hohenschwangau to see the castles. It was very close and took only about 10 minutes from the station to the village. Actually, some people opted to walk from the station to the castles which takes about half an hour. I would probably do it in another season (spring or summer), but not during the coldness of winter and we didn’t have much time.
You can already see the Neuschwanstein castle from the road going to the Hohenschwangau village and it really is very majestic. From the bus stop at the village, we walked to the ticketing/tourist office where you can get information on how to go to the castles. There are two castles in the area, the other one is the Hohenschwangau castle. Clearly the Neuschwanstein is more popular, but I think that Hohenschwangau castle also has an imposing charm. Without a doubt, both castles displays the glorious and rich past of Bavarian monarchy with its elaborate and beautiful neogothic architecture.
Neuschwanstein castle has to be one of the most (if not the most) visited castle in Germany, and I was wrong to assume that there weren’t a lot of people visiting on that day based on the train ride we took. There were still a lot, but I can only imagine this area on summer! Anyway, there were guided tours inside the castles. You can also walk to the castles from the ticketing office or take a horse driven carriage. We walked because the queue was long and we didn’t have much time, and besides the walk isn’t that bad (15 minutes).
The Neuschwanstein castle is indeed breathtaking! It is exactly how I imagined it to be, and I didn’t really care if there were many people, I just enjoyed the whole experience. From the castle, you can see the view of nearby villages, Allgau lake and the alps. The views are amazing! It would be interesting to go back there on summer.