The castle of all fairy tales, Schloss Neuschwanstein. They say Walt Disney was inspired by this castle therefore building his replica for Disney Land. Standing on the top of a mountain, it is no wonder to think of this as THE fairy tale castle. Built by the Mad King Ludwig, this castle is definitely something amazing. Ironically few Germans have made the climb to this castle, while most of the tourists are Asian or Eastern European.
The castle is located 2 hours outside of Munich, at almost the Austrian border. The drive is windy and small, but the views of the Alps are spectacular. Throughout the road you will find yourself seeing small old towns and very few people. It is hard to notice if you are really going to such a major tourist location.
Outside of the castle is a small town called Fussen. You can walk from Fussen to the castle, but it is a pretty long walk (although even in the snow people were doing it). You buy tickets for the castle at an even smaller town at its foot. Along this town you can see another castle called Schloss Hohenschwangau. There are plenty of offers for both castles and even a museum. We stuck just to one, which is pricey on its own.
The “tour” of the castle is really short, and you must book a certain time for the “tour group”. You can have a professional tour, or the most likely option a tour with headphones. All tours are guided, none-the-less, and move pretty quickly. This is due to the fact that the castle is unfinished and few rooms are complete. It is still pretty amazing to go to and in the heart of winter and snow, it is amazingly serene.
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