Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles

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So it's not technically accurate to list these castles under Füssen, but the castles are close by so it works out.

I jumped on the train early in the morning (love having a Global Eurail pass) and headed down to Füssen, which is pretty much on the southern border of Germany.  It was about 2 hours from Munich, which makes it just long enough to relax, but not too long so that you begin to go crazy.  On the way down, some people came through the train cars and handed out brochures for tours of Neuschwanstein Castle and also Dachau, which is outside Munich.  I am not sure if I had already decided to go to Dachau or not, but after getting that brochure I felt like I needed to go.

Hohenschwangau Castle
  I wouldn't do the tour, but I would still check it out!

I ended up not doing the Neuschwanstein Castle tour either.  As the train pulled into the station at Füssen, I had a great view of the mountains in the background.  I lucked out because the bus I had to catch was across town, so I had the opportunity to walk through the beautiful little town of Füssen.  I grabbed some lunch there, and made my way to the bus stop.  As the bus pulled up, I hopped into my seat as countless Asian ladies boarded the bus.  The last person to get on the bus was another American guy, so we hit it off and decided to check out the castles together.

The bus dropped us off at the base of the castles, and we bought our tickets for both of them.  I think it was a little more to see both castles, but it was worth it.

Neuschwanstein Castle
  We started with Hohenschwangau Castle.  This castle, in ruins for 700 years, was rebuilt by Prince Maximilian of Bavaria in the 1830's.  Maximilian wanted a fairytale style fantasy castle, and the artwork in the rooms shows that.  For some reason, we were not allowed to go inside, but we did look around the outside.  It is here that King Ludwig II grew up.  As he got older, he wanted to make a fairytale castle of his own, and thus he had Neuschwanstein Castle built.

A bit of a segway, many people believe that Ludwig II was a little bit insane.  I am not sure what this theory is based on, but the guy did design a huge castle that is just absolutely beautiful inside and out.  I guess he had some issues...Ludwig II turned up one day drowned near his castle, which was still unfinished.

View of Hohenschwangau Castle from Neuschwanstein Castle
  No one knows if it was his own doing, an accident, or murder...  The castle itself was never finished, the outside is complete but there are several rooms that are empty and unpainted.  The rooms that are complete, however, are amazing.

It turns out that you have to take a guided tour of the inside of Neuschwanstein Castle, otherwise you can't get inside.  Because of that it wasn't super cheap, but I didn't care too much.  We started by hiking up to the castle from the base.  The walk in itself was beautiful and worth the trip out there.  As we got closer to the castle, the view became more and more breathtaking.  There is a bridge on the path to the castle that offers amazing views of the castle itself.  We hiked back down to the stream/waterfall below the castle that just adds so much to the fairytale feel.

Bavarian countryside
  It started to rain a little bit though, but it wasn't bad enough to slow us down.  As we got back to the castle and waited for our tour, it really started coming down.

Luckily, the rain did not last.  Our tour group was called and we got to go inside the castle and see for ourselves how amazing it was.  I really don't even have words for it...the rooms were painted and furnished in such splendor.  Each room seemed better than the last!  We were not allowed to take pictures inside, and our guide made sure of that.  We were unable to see a lot of the castle, all the unfinished rooms were closed off - there are no plans to finish them.  What we were able to see, though, was outstanding.  Definitely worth the trip there, definitely worth the money for the tour.  Definitely check it out!

After the tour ended, my new friend and I went out separate ways and I headed back to Füssen, where I caught the train back to Munich.

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Stream under Neuschwanstein Castle
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