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Published: June 21st 2017
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Using our prepurchased Bayern (Bavaria) Ticket we caught the train to the town of Füssen. It was a journey of approximately two hours with interesting scenery along the way.
The most exciting part of the journey was that we finally got to see snow alongside the train tracks!
Once we left the train at Füssen it was easy to see the buses lined up to take us to to the town of Hohenschwangau to visit the castles.
We first visited the ticket office – we had already decided not to spend time touring Neuschwanstein, instead seeing it from the outside only, but were slightly interested in touring Hohenschwangau Castle. However, it seemed that it was going to take too much time to line up for tickets, get to the castle and then do the tour, so we decided to give it a miss.
We then headed to the bus stop to try to catch the bus up to Neuschwanstein, only to find that the buses weren't running that day!! Next stop was the horse and carriage area to catch a horse and carriage up – the line was totally ridiculous. The signs said that it was a forty minute walk up to the
castle so we decided to walk up. While it was a fairly steep walk, it was nowhere near as bad as we feared. In fact it only took us 20 minutes rather than the 40 mentioned on the sign. The scenery was really quite spectacular, particularly around the castle area. The tops of the mountains were all covered in snow and it was quite beautiful.
Once we got to the entrance to the trail to Marienbrucke the gate over the trail was closed. Seeing as everyone else was simply climbing over, we did too and I am so glad we did. This was truly spectacular, particularly the view from the bridge itself. The scary part was actually standing on the bridge. There were so many people and the bridge was swaying. I have to admit not staying too long and getting back to firm land. It occurred to us at that point that if the trail had been officially open, there would probably have been someone to make sure not too many were on the bridge at one time.
After taking many, many photos and seeing the views from all angles, we headed back down to a restaurant named Zur Neuen Burg
very close to Neuschwanstein Castle. Lunch was reasonably priced and not too bad at all. The views were sensational but unfortunately it was too chilly to sit out on their patio. We had schnitzels all around with some delicious wine.
After walking back down to Hohenschwangau we went to the queue for the bus. The queue was massive! A taxi pulled up and quoted €10 for the trip back to Füssen to we grabbed it. Unfortunately we had just missed the train so had an hour to wait for the next one. We spent the time having a little wander around the quite cute town and had a drink.
We caught the train for the two hour journey back to Munich. The whole trip was in darkness, so we were very glad we had seen the scenery on the outward journey.
Once we got back to the Torbrau hotel, we were all tired to decided to eat dinner in the hotel restaurant, Schapeau, that night. I had a delicious rack of lamb with a herb crust and then we all had an early night after a very long, but enjoyable day.
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