Füssen – Schwangau – Neuschwanstein

Day 5

After a small breakfast we leave for Füssen, this time we are forced to leave my dog ​​in the room because animals are not allowed in the castles.

Being August 15, therefore a public holiday in the towns of predominantly Catholic belief, the parking spaces are not paid and we easily find a place for the car close to the historic center.
Füssen is known to international tourism for its proximity to Neuschwanstein Castle and boasts a thousand-year history, has an enchanting and well-preserved historical center and enjoys an extraordinary position in a suggestive landscape created by the meeting of mountains, lakes and hills.
Let’s visit the castle of Füssen, one of Germany’s most significant late Gothic architectural complexes, with a picturesque courtyard and splendid trompe-l’oeil frescoes on the facades. However, we decide not to enter and limit the visit to the external areas only.

After a short walk through the historic center, we take the car to move towards NEUSCHWANSTEIN.
 We had already booked tickets online to visit both castles a couple of months before and we had a timetable to respect, so we arrived a little early. I recommend arriving well in advance because there is really an incredible confusion even for parking.
Luckily, having a reservation, we at least skip the line to collect tickets. I also suggest bringing something to eat and drink with because the prices are very high for both food and souvenirs.
We begin our visit with Hohenschwangau Castle, where we await our turn to enter. The tours are organized by language groups, so our guide speaks perfect Italian. It is certainly worth visiting this splendid royal palace which, although less famous than the overlying Neuschwanstein, offers many ideas and curiosities to learn about the life of King Ludvig and the castle itself.

Once out of Hohenschwangau we start a long uphill walk towards the other royal palace. Once again we must respect the time shown on the entrance ticket. It is possible to take a small bus or get on a horse-drawn carriage (for a fee) to avoid a stretch of road, but having more than an hour of time you can easily get there on foot. Not far from the entrance of Neuschwainstein there is the Marienbrücke, or bridge of Mary, so called in honor of Queen Maria, mother of Ludwig II, which is suspended above the Pöllat gorge. From here you can enjoy a splendid view of the castle and it is the ideal place to take amazing photos. Even to get on the bridge, however, you have to queue, so adjust with the times!

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the symbols of Bavaria in the world. It is the fairytale castle par excellence, built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1845-1886) from 1869 on a design by the scenographer Christian Jank. The king, fascinated by the past, wanted to build it on the style of the ancient German feudal residences Neushwainstein dominates the villages of Füssen and Schwangau from its height of 965 meters and the magnificent surrounding landscape with the Hohenschwangau castle and several lakes among which the small Alpsee stands out for its beauty. The richly furnished internal rooms are a hymn to the romance and ancient Germanic legends.
 Unfortunately, pictures are not allowed in castles.
 Let’s go back to our farmhouse where we stay for dinner.

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