On my last trip I went to the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria (Germany). This Castle is also known as the “Cinderella Castle” (or Disney Castle.) The Neuschwanstein Castle lies in the beautiful Allgäu region, which is a famous area in Swabia. The Allgäu is best known for the Alps, lakes and the marvellous scenery.
My trip started at the Munich Airport where I took a train (two hour travel) to the city of Füssen. Füssen has a very nice historic town center and it is only 5 minutes away from the Neuschwanstein Castle, so it was the perfect place to be. I stayed at the Hotel Sonne Füssen **** (the best hotel in Füssen Allgäu in my opinion), which is located directly in the town center. The hotel is really clean and modern. The staff is very friendly and I would definitely stay there again.
I woke up very early the next day to visit the Castle quickly, because I had a day full of things to do. Luckly the hotel reserved the tickets for me – otherwise I would have had to way an hour in line! Yikes!
The Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II. of Bavaria who was later officially announced crazy. He died a very mysterious death in the Starnberger lake near Munich. The Castle is one of the most famous tourist attractions (over 1 million visitors per year!) in Germany and is definitely worth the visit. Unfortunately it is prohibited to take pictures in the Castle, because I would have loved to share some impressions with you.
What made this trip really fun, is that I met an old friend there (he moved to Germany years ago.) We did some sightseeing (visited lakes and the Buchenberg mountain) and had a bavarian cheese and ham lunch at the Hoch’Alp Käse-Shop.
After that I headed back to Füssen to spend the rest of the day in the town (visiting local sights.) The next day I took the train back to Munich.
BTW: I also checked out these hotels and thought they looked good too (just incase you want to visit the area)
- Hotel Fantasia Füssen **s – a modern and clean budget hotel in Füssen Allgäu.
- Hotel Ludwig Neuschwanstein **** – top Neuschwanstein Hotel directly under the castle.
- Hotel Kössel Hopfensee – a hotel in Hopfensee Allgäu near Füssen – great view and good price.
- Hotel Dreimäderlhaus Füssen – a sport hotel in Füssen Allgäu that is located directly near a lake.
- Wellnesshotel Allgäu “Die Mittelburg”, top wellnesshotel in Allgäu about 20 minutes away from the castle in Oy-Mitterberg.