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After a weekend at Oktoberfest I was ready for something a bit more calm and headed South to the charming town of Füssen, Sitting almost at the borden of Germany and Austria, Füssen is surrounded by nature and the perfect gateway to visit Neuschwanstein Castle.
Füssen is a 700-year old small fairy tale town with gorgeous brightly coloured buildings. One of the first things you should do when you visit Fussen is to wander the streets of the old town. I spent my first night walking around the streets feeling as i had stepped back in time. The Bavarian architecture and cobblestoned streets gives the town an old world charm.
Although it’s old in age, Fussen still offers all the services you’d expect in a modern town.
Where to stay in Fussen
I stayed at Old Kings Design Hostel which is housed in a 500 year old building in Fussen’s historic old town. It’s a lovely place but pretty quiet, which is exactly what I wanted after partying at Oktoberfest all weekend. A great thing about Old Kings Design Hostel is that you can rent bikes directly through them to explore the nearby areas and castle.
Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle from Fussen
The bike ride to Neuschwanstein Castle was magical. There is a bike path from town that goes through a beautiful forest. Along the way you will pass turquoise lake and mountains, and probably have to stop every two minutes for photos.
Once you arrive at the castle grounds you will need to buy a ticket at the entrance. There was a massive line at the ticket counter when I arrived, so I walked a bit further up to the museum. As it turns out you can actually buy tickets from the museum and there was no line, so keep this in mind to beat the crowds. You can also purchase tickets online beforehand, which will save you even more time. The ticket for Neuschwanstein castle costs 13 Euros.
From the entrance grounds there is a big hill you need to go up to get to the castle. I knew I wasn’t going to bike this so I parked my bike and started walking towards it. As I got closer I realized there is also the option to take a horse drawn carriage for 6 euros. Tight on time and still recovering from Oktoberfest, this was an easy choice. Plus, who doesn’t want to take a horse drawn carriage up a mountain to a castle?! I truly felt like I was living in a fairytale.
Each ticket to the castle is assigned a certain time, so if you arrive earlier than yours you can walk along the castle grounds which are beautiful. The castle is nice on the inside, but you are put with a guide in big groups which doesn’t leave much freedom to explore. You also aren’t allowed to take pictures.
Truthfully, if I had my time back I think I would just take the horse drawn carriage up and explore the castle from the outside. But if castle architecture is your thing, then the inside is worth viewing.
After the tour I got on my bike and road back into town, just in time to catch my next train to Berlin. One day there is enough to see the castles but if you are a nature lover it seems like a great place to hang out, explore and hike around.