The next day we had one of the nicest breakfast for this trip, served by a really grumpy woman who was muttering in German throughout. Luckily for us, we did not understand a word!
We left the B&B, driving for the next few hours to our next destination Fussen. Truthfully, the medieval old town was nice to visit, but it quite actually quite creepy. The overcast weather did not help.
We headed for Neuschwanstein Castle, which is just a short distance from Fussen. This castle is world famous, and was the inspiration behind the Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. There is also another castle beside it, the Hohenschwangau Castle. That was the castle we went to first. After buying the tickets for the timing we chose, we took some photos at the base of the castles.
We then climbed up the hill to visit the Hohenschwangau Castle.
Unfortunately photography was not allowed inside the castle.
There are 3 ways to get up to Neuschwanstein Castle, by horse ride, by bus or walk. We decided to walk up. It was quite steep and tiring!
The bridge over the canyon is call the Marie’s Bridge (Marienbrücke) where it provides a vintage point to view the castle. Unfortunately as it was getting to closing time, we decided to skip it.
Again, photography was not allowed inside the castle until the end of the tour.
We drove to Fussen to stay the night in City Apart Hotel Fuessen. As it was dark and raining heavily, we spent quite a lot of time driving in circles, trying to find a way to get to the hotel. In the end, we had to park 2 blocks away. After enquiring at the front desk, we found out the road in front of the hotel is closed to traffic after a certain timing. It was inconvenient to drag our luggage from the car to the hotel, and because the hotel has no lifts, we had to drag our luggage up a few floors to our room. However, our room was spacious and comfortable. After a quick wash up, we found a nice German restaurant nearby, Madame Plüsch, to have German food for dinner. The food was quite good!
The next morning the rain had stopped, after a nice breakfast at the hotel, we decided to go to the Marie’s Bridge to view the castle instead of the planned drive to Munich. This is the advantage of having a free and easy holiday.
This time we decided to take the bus up as the bus stopped very close to the bridge.
After alighting from the bus, and walking a short distance, we finally reached the bridge. The view from the bridge justified our decision to drive to the castle again.
After the bridge, visitors usually walk to the castle. But as we already did the castle, we decided to wait for the bus to take us down the hill.
We then drove to Munich where we stayed for the next 2 nights.