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Day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Our trip to Neuschwanstein castle started from Konstanz in the Baden-Württemberg district of Germany.  We started driving one early morning towards Bavaria. Our destination is further south of Germany, however on our way we stopped at the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, which was the inspiration for the Disney Castle in Sleeping Beauty. It’s a 19th century castle above the Hohenschwangau village in Bavaria, commissioned as a retreat by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The construction of this castle has never been completed but it has been fully operational since 1886 after King Ludwig II passed away. 












How to get there?

The castle is located on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. Although we drove with a car, its possible to arrange day trips from Münich. The journey takes about 3h from Münich Central station to Füssen by Deutschbahn or Flixbus, and then take a bus from Füssen to Schwangau castle which takes about 10 mins.  One way journey from Munich to the castle will be around 30 eur per person.


After parking our car in the village, we had to walk uphill for about 20 mins to reach the castle. The tour of the castle was supposed to be pre-booked due to ongoing renovations, hence we'd to skip the tour and explore nature around. Overlooking the castle lies the beautiful valley of Schwangau that flows into the lake in the region, Forggensee. There are several beautiful viewpoints of the castle, however the most beautiful one is if you hike up behind the castle for about 20 mins, and view the castle from one of the bridges. Unfortunately, the bridge was closed, so we couldn’t get the famous view. Instead, we had spectacular views of the valley below, and took a picture of the bridge through the foliage.

After hiking around the castle, we decided to check out the beautiful village of Hohenschwangau. The small village is quite touristy and has a few small shops for souvenirs. The horse ride carriages in the backdrop of the castle is an absolutely stunning sight.  Walking through the village in a few steps we reached the lake. The lakeside could get pretty crowded, however if you walk further into the hiking path through the forest, you'll find plenty of serene spots for an afternoon picnic. Since it was June already, and temperatures were soaring, we decided to take a dip in the lake. The quaint afternoon with the Bavarian alps in front of us made for a perfect end to this mesmerising trip to the real disney castle.

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