Where is Fussen?
Fussen, Germany is one of the most popular tourist towns in Bavaria, but you wouldn’t actually know it. Nestled at the base of Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau castle is an adorable little town! While the castles are the main reason most tourists pass through here, there are some great points in the actual town itself. It is located about two hours southwest of Munich, and easily accessible my trains. It borders right onto Austria, and has incredible views of the Alps. Almost all of the hotels are located within walking distance to the town, and buses and trains are also within walking distance too. There is an incredible monastery located in the town as well!
Even if you are going to the castles, you will most likely be spending some time in Fussen. The streets have that Bavarian charm that you just cannot beat. It is such a calm area! Walking through the streets, you would never know that two of the most famous castles in the world are just in the mountains above you. Similar to Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Fussen is part of the romantic road which takes you to some of the most beautiful places in Germany. While you are there, be sure to grab some food at the Hotel Ludwig’s Restaurant which features traditional Bavarian cuisine. If you are done with Bavarian food, be sure to check out Bella Italia which has Italian fare. Best thing? You get to eat outside and enjoy the gorgeous scenery, and they are located right beside each other.
It is time to talk about the castles! If you are looking for something that will leave you in awe, then you have to go visit these two castles. We hopped on a bus that took us up to the welcome center. It is bus 48, and the last one away from the city center if you go. There were not many signs when we were there, and we were even confused with what our hotel said. Just remember that is is bus 48! Once you get to the top of the mountain, there are a few different modes of transportation. You can either walk up to both castles, or take a horse and carriage. The horse & carriage do come at a fee, but it is a great way to get up there, but it does take a little longer than just walking.
There can be quite a line to pick up tickets for tours, so be sure to get there early! This is also a lot better for photos as well since the crowds don’t arrive too early. Hohenschwangau was the childhood home of King Ludwig II, and was built by his father King Maximillan II of Germany. I won’t bore you with details, because I want you to go visit! Tours are offered in various languages, but are guided. The views from this home are incredible. Overlooking the Alps, Austria, and the gorgeous town of Fussen, it is show stopping. You also get a sneak peak of Neuschwanstein in the distance as well!
This is the castle that was the inspiration for two castles that you may know and love. Do Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty’s castles look familiar? Neuschwanstein is the castle that was built by King Ludwig II. It actually features some of his favorite fairytales along the walls. Due to his untimely death, the castle was never finished, and remains that way to this day. You can tell this has a much different architectural style than his childhood home. The tours are also guided, but do come in a variety of languages. I will warn you that there is quite a bit of walking and stair. If someone in your party has mobility issues, then keep this in mind. While it is unfinished, it is truly incredible.
Before you get to the castle, be sure to visit Mary’s Bridge for some incredible exterior views of the castle. It can get pretty crowded on this bridge, and I’ll warn you, it does move just a little bit. It is safe, but if you have a fear of heights, you may want to send your camera with a friend. If you go down the path back to the village, there is a nice little restaurant so you can have lunch right in the shadow of Germany history.
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