Color image of Neuschwanstein Castle taken from the village.

Three Weeks In Europe Part 4:

Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau Castles: A Memorable European Adventure

Welcome to the fourth part of our European journey! After an eventful overnight train ride to Fussen, Germany, we eagerly fueled up with a cup of coffee and a delicious Danish pastry at the train station before embarking on a bus ride to the picturesque village of Hohenschwangau. This charming village is home to two of the world’s most iconic castles: Hohenschwangau Castle and Neuschwanstein Castle.

Color image of a cappuchinno and cinnamon roll with wooden cultlery
Color image of a cappuchinno and cinnamon roll with wooden cultlery

To make the most of your visit, I highly recommend arriving a few hours before your scheduled tour to experience the horse-drawn carriage ride up to the castles. Unfortunately, we missed that opportunity and had to make the ascent to Neuschwanstein Castle on foot, which took us over an hour. However, I assure you that the hike was well worth it, as the panoramic views from the castle are simply breathtaking! For visitors with mobility challenges, Neuschwanstein Castle does have an elevator available upon request when you book your tickets. However, please note that there are limited seating options inside the castle.

Color image of Neuschwanstein Castle taken from the village.
Color image of Neuschwanstein Castle taken from the village.

Before delving into the castle tours, take some time to explore the informative Museum of the Bavarian Kings. You’ll find it quite fascinating, and the best part is that it won’t take up too much of your precious time. The museum provides secure lockers for your belongings, so you can wander freely without worrying about your personal items. Just remember to retrieve your belongings before you leave. If you’re up for it and still have energy to spare, the museum is definitely worth a visit.

View of Hohenschwangau Castle and village from Neuschwanstein Castle.
View of Hohenschwangau Castle and village from Neuschwanstein Castle.

Fortunately, we managed to catch a ride up to Hohenschwangau Castle, which was a relief for my knees. It’s important to note that Hohenschwangau Castle is not wheelchair accessible, and seating options are not available while on the tour. However, if you’re physically capable, I urge you to seize the opportunity to visit. I’m immensely grateful that I could cross it off my bucket list.

Color Image of a table set with Schnitzel, chips, beer, wedge salad, and goulash.
Color Image of a table set with Schnitzel, chips, beer, wedge salad, and goulash.

With careful planning, we were able to visit all three attractions and still find time to enjoy a delightful breakfast and a leisurely sit-down lunch. Until next time, Happy Travels! 

Check back soon for Part 5: Zurich

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