Neuschwanstein Castle is easy to get to from Fussen. The public bus departs from across the street from the train station at least every hour and drops you off at the tourism office in the town of Hohenschwangau which is where the castle is.
A round trip ticket cost 3.40euros per person. There is also a walking trail just off the main road which is about 3km long.
You can only visit the inside of the castle on a guided tour. You purchase tickets for the tour just up the street from where the bus drops you off (it opens at 8am).
Once you have your ticket, you have to get up the hill to the castle. You can walk, take the bus or a horse drawn carriage. You have to wait inside the courtyard until the time on your ticket is displayed, then you can go through the turnstile and up the stairs to the first floor where your tour will start.
The first tour of the day is at 9am, and I highly recommend arriving as early as possible to avoid the large groups who like to sleep late. Our tour was at 915am and there were only 6 people on it!
After the castle tour (about 35min) you can go onto the Marienbrucken (Mary's Bridge) which offers a nice view of the castle. You can also visit the waterfall below by going downstairs. If you cross the Mary's Bridge, you can follow that winding path up the hill to the look off. There are no railings, so you must be extremely careful! There is even a marker for a person who fell off the cliff as reminder of the danger. The trail branches part way up, but goes nowhere in particular. It stops at a log across the path, but is a nice hike if you like hikes.
A bathroom tip: bathrooms in and around the castle are clean and free. In Hohenschwangau, they are crowded and cost about 40cents. Go when you can!
Fussen is probably most notable as the location of King Ludwig II's most famous castle Neuschanstein--the castle after which Cinderella's Castle at Disney's Magic Kingdom is modeled.
You can walk (20-40 min), take a short bus trip (2,60 euro RT), or horse and carriage ride (5,00 euro up/2,50 down) to the top of the hill where the castle is located.
Parking: 4,00 euros
Tickets: cost 9,00 euros for adults to take the 30min tour via handset
tickets - 0900-1500
tours - 1000-1600
tickets - 0800-1700
tours - 0900-1800
Closed - Dec 24, 25, 31, Jan 1 and Fasching Tue
Handicap tours are avaiable Wednesdays at 1600 if you call in advance (08362-939880).
We rented paddle boats and peddled our way to the middle to the Lake near the famous castle. The water was so clean, as they do not allow any power boats on the lake. It was nice to get away from the relentless crowds and enjoy the view of both castles.
Mary's Bridge (Marienbrucke) is where Ludwig marveled at his castle, and you can do the same. After getting off the bus (or buggy, or hiking up the hill), follow the signs on the paths and take the short hike to Mary's bridge & start snapping photos with the other travellers. If you cross the bridge, the trail (now dirt) continues, is described as a bit dangerous, but has another spectacular view of the castle. We didn't have time to do this.
Another added bonus was the watching the paragliders next to the mountain.
heaps of walking tracks in the area, surrounded by mountains you cant go wrong!
we walked to terlberg wheres theres a cable car but we also walked back down, bad move, was nackered later on! its 1707m to that point with stunning views. only took about 4 hr return max.
go see the castles, one of them is famous although i hadnt heard it, but its quite impressive!
This is the main reason why anyone comes to Fussen. At least the first time. This is the castle that Disney used as a model for the one at DW. There are tours in English and German at least of the 16 completed rooms here. I dont believe they allowes pics during the tour but could be wrong.
Here is the main entrance to the castle. You walk through this gate into the castle courtyard, where a large church was supposed to be built in the original plans. It's position is marked with white stone.
The bridge behind Neuschwanstein offers a fantastic view of the castle. If you are at the castle, it is about a 15 minute hike up a path. It is also seemed some of the tour buses dropped off above the bridge and then people walked down. If heights make you nervous, this is not the bridge for you.
This castle was much more impressive on the inside then Neuschwanstein. Walking around the castle, you really get a sense of the Wittelsbach dynasties history. The views from some terraces are beautiful. It's also possible to get a great picture of this castle from the one above.
This castle is worth the visit, just to see in person, what everyone sees on the cover of every book about castles. It's impossible to get the angle of the pictures most people see (it must be from the mountain across the river), but there are great views from the bridge behind the castle. The tour was ok, although I'm not sure I would have been happy had we needed to wait in a significant line. Take a horse carriage from the town up to the castle and walk down, it will be much more enjoyable then hiking both ways.
This palace is one of the highlights of the Romantic road journey, and is the most well known aspect of Fussen. Built for King Ludwig the palace was never lived in as it did not meet his standards, suprisingly! Well worth a visit. But make sure you arrive early as you can only visit the palace with a guide and they run guides in three or 4 different languages every 1/2 hour. We arrived at about 10:30 and were able to book in for the 4:30 english tour. I am sure many people missed out on the day as the lines were huge when we left.
Though less famous than its sister castle, Hohenschwangau stands tall and proud across from Neuschwanstein. It is the seocnd of Mad Kind Ludwig's castle and his more lived in one. Like Neuschwanstein, tours are mandatory (under an hour) and reservations are required. This castle is much smaller, and the rooms themselves are tiny for a castle, therefore, it's more intimate. The walls are brightly colored with murals while trinkets from the old days adorn the rooms. You will have to walk up some stairs to get to the castle, so plan accordingly.
As I said earlier, this is the most photographed landmark in Germany, and probably, the most famous castle in the world. This is the 3rd of Mad Ludwigs great castles, and remarkably, he never even finished it. What you will see on your tour (you must go escorted), is only a small fraction of the finished areas. Make sure you book tickets for Neuschwanstein as it books up quickly. Buses leave from the bottom of the town Schwangau every 30 minutes-ish, with the last one at 5:30 (technically Neuschwanstein Castle is in Schwangau, not Fussen, but because Schwangau is nothing more than two castles and two hotels, I put this with Fussen). The tour itself is under an hour and points out some interesting information. A 6 minute walk from the castle is bridge overlooking it. This is the best spot to get a picture of the entire thing, along with environs below. If you have time there is a walking trail down the hill back to town. It should take you up to 40 minutes.
I heard from someone that Sleeping Beauty's castle in Disneyland was patterned after Schloss Neuschwanstein. So, instead of heading to the replica, better go and see the original.
Locally known as "mad" King Ludwig II's castle, Neuschwanstein is nestled in the mountain. Whew! I could just imagine Ludwig surveying his surroundings and his constituents.
My favorite room in the castle is Ludwig's own bathroom. The guide told us that, while soaking in the tub, Ludwig likes to gaze at the stars. But, glass roof is yet to be invented then, so he simulated the black sky and the bright stars through lighted candles enveloped in black curtains.
Well, maybe, Ludwig is not a "mad" King, but a King with a vision, a man ahead of his time.
Schloss Hohenschwangau is the older of the 2 castles. One could say it is the ancestral castle, since King Ludwig's parents lived there. It is known for the figure of a dove on top of one of its towers.
Going up, we took the fastest (but "steepest") path in our excitement and haste to see the inside of the castle. Midway, there is a couple of benches where you can rest and marvel in the beauty below you. Going down, we took the path designed for a more leisurely pace which was a wise decision as it led us toward the lake.