We took the regular tourist path going up to Schloss Neuschwanstein. The hike took us around 45 minutes (it really varies depending on one's strides and frequency of stops to rest).
After visiting the castle, we passed by Mariahilbrucke or the hanging bridge (made of steel to withstand the weight of the tourists trying to get a good shot of the castle). And what a shot! from there, you can really have a very good and clear view of the castle, mountains and fields.
From the bridge, going back to the lowland, we took a detour and followed the path less traveled - through the woods. Just follow the graveled foot path and you won't be lost. It is a longer route, but you have the trees, birds and very few people as companions. The path ends near the edge of the lake.
I went on an Awesome hike above the Neuschwanstein Castle! It started out as a small walk to get above the castle to get some better pictures. But It turned into a really beautiful hike! After I had been walking for a half hour or so it started snowing. Then the snow gradually became a real blizzard!! I couldn't even see the trail and my foot prints in the snow were being covered almost immediately! I figured as long as I stayed on the main part of the trail I'd be ok. And I would be able to find my way back. You get beautiful views of the Bavarian Plains on this hike except when it is snowing so hard that you can't see 20 feet in front of you. I saw alot of Antelope or Deer too. This was one of my fond memories of my Europe Trip.
the longer route back from the castle goes through the woods along the river, is very nice and not so busy as the faster way back.
This is the one photo that I got of the deer or antelope. There were about 8-9 of them. It was cool to see these animals in the wild!
This is a picture of the Bavarian Alps that I took on my hike. A few moments after this all I could see was snow!! The blizzard was upon me!
There is a fair amount of walking available from Fussen to the castle, and you can even go up the mountain and get tremendous views over the valley.