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Fairy tale castles indeed! OK, I admit I was a little sceptical about how beautiful this castle could be, as everyone had raved on about it, but even I, the cynical critic, was flabbergasted. Neuschwanstein is really really beautiful - it's a beautiful white castle, set on a beautiful mountain, surrounded by beautiful forests, and topped off with beautiful lakes! It truly is quite inspired in it's prettiness, as compared to other castles which are fairly blocky or imposing, Neuschwanstein comes off as airy and effortless. Be wary if you just how up to buy your ticket - the earliest tour I was able to get on was 2 hours after I arrived, and the trip from Munich takes a full day (2 hours each way by train plus time taken to see Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, the other castle near Neuschwanstein).
The inside of Neuschwanstein is something else altogether, it's absolutely mad and well worth going in to see - beautiful, but ultimately mad. Apparently, King Ludwig, that great builder of fantastic castles, was a little mad, though you'll never get the guide on the tour to admit to it, they sort of gloss over that part of the story. The inside is realy colourful and fantastical, there is even a room made like a natural cave grotto; like I said, completely mad, but in a cool sort of way!
Hohenschwangau is the other castle just 5 mins from Neuschwanstein, also very pretty, though I didn't get the chance to go inside. My best shots of it were from a distance actually, you can catch some fantastic pictures from the walk to Marienbrucke which starts at Neuschwanstein. The walk is well worth it, when you get to the bridge you can take some awesome pictures of Neuschwanstein, and the walk through the forest is pretty as well (though a little steep in places.
When buying train tickets to take this daytrip from Munich Hauptbahnof, you are heading towards Fussen. There is only a very limited number of direct trains, normally you have to change either at Kaufbeuren or Buchloe, so watch out for the proper signs!! Also, you can check the timetable for your train on the Fahrenkart machine, and it will tell you which platform you need to go to at your interchange station, which can save you a lot of heartache if you only have a couple of minutes to change trains there.
One last piece of advice, if you walk up to Neuschwanstein remember to watch out for the horse poo - it's everywhere, it's huge, and it's steaming!