Neuschwanstein Castle

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We took a drive South from Munich to visit the famous Neuschwanstein castle.  This castle is said to be one of Walt Disney’s inspirations for Cinderella’s castle, and it does appear to be something straight out of a fairy tale, once you finally reach it.  We had an issue with our directions and ended up first in the town of Fussen, which is quite charming and worth a walk around.  I’m not certain if there was a special event or just the weekend, but there were many men in lederhosen and women in the typical bar maid dresses and tables in the cobblestone pedestrian streets for visitors to enjoy a stein.  The streets are winding, making it a fun place to wander around and clear your head a bit and see what you might discover.

  We eventually got our bearings and got back on the road to find the castle, which is clearly visible from the main road (oops). 

The castle area is well set-up for accommodating the cars of the many tourists.  We skipped the ticket line (arrive early if you wish to tour the inside) and the bus line and opted for a hike up the hill to the castle.  The path is quite pleasant and not too difficult for a leisurely stroll.  It is worth bringing a bottle of water, although there is a café about halfway up if you forget.  The path forks at one point, which is nice because you can have a different view on the way back down.  On the way up, we took the fork to the left which takes you directly up to the castle.  There were many people waiting for their tour of the interior (the reservations seem to be very organized with ticket numbers appearing on television monitors), but it was not so crowded that we could not appreciate the castle as well as the surrounding landscape.  It is amazing to think this castle is real and not part of some theme park.  We took the other path down to enjoy the view of the castle from the nearby bridge before returning to the car. 
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