Hiking the Trail to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria Germany

June 24, 2010 MuseumChick

One of the most beautiful places in the world, that I have ever been, was an easy day trip from Munich, Germany. Through the Bavarian Alps, the Castle Neuschwanstein towers on a mountain above the quintessential Alps towns of Hohenschwangau and nearby Füssen. It was an easy journey from Munich. I took the 2 hour train from Munich’s Main Station (München Hauptbahnhof) to Füssen, then a quick bus ride (bus #73) to Hohenschwangau. Or if you want to try out your race car driving skills you can take the legendary Autobahn.

The bus dropped me off at the base of the foothills where Neuschwanstein sits and it was up to me to hike the way up. I could have stayed for weeks in Füssen; spending my days hiking the lush trails and then searching for the best chocolate shop, but I only had one day in this majestic place and I came to visit the 18th century castle of King Ludwig II, that is said to have inspired Walt Disney when he was creating the Cinderella Castle.

At the base of the foothill was this peaceful spring lake, that happened to be ice cold. No swimming today but a good place to fill a water bottle for the steep hike to come.

Bavarian Alps Germany

The 30 min hike to Neuschwanstein Castle was steep but paved trails help the less coordinated. There are also carriage rides that will take you most of the way but I thought hiking it was part of the fun.

Castle Neuschwanstein

Then there are unpaved wooded trails for the more adventurous…

Castle Neuschwanstein

…that lead to quiet spring water falls, clean enough to drink if you are thirsty from the hike.

Castle Neuschwanstein

Half-way up I spotted a photo-op in a clearing…

Castle Neuschwanstein

…and even higher up, I got my favorite picture- the Neo-Gothic Castle, Hohenschwangau overlooking the magical landscape. I couldn’t help singing “?? the hills are alive with the Sound of”…oh oops, wrong country (but same mountain range).

Castle Bavaria Germany

Rounding up the mountain, a wooden platform bridge, dangling about 250 ft over a river is the opportunity to get a view of Neuschwanstein Castle from afar.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is decadent. Constructed solely for King Ludwig II in 1868, this castle was not finished in his lifetime, which was cut short with his mysterious drowning that has been speculated as being a murder. Building this castle nearly bankrupted the Bavarian government.

Castle Neuschwanstein

I’ll take you inside this enchanting castle in my next post.

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  1. pary 09.2.2012

    very fantastic

    • MuseumChick 09.5.2012

      Hi Pary- Thanks! I think it’s fantastic too ;)

  2. These photos are beautiful, love the last one. We’ll go to Neuschwanstein next month and I am really looking forward to it.

    • MuseumChick 03.24.2011

      Hi Dani- Thanks for your nice comment and enjoy you time at Neuschwanstein. I think it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been!

  3. Suzy 03.23.2011

    Stunning! I have always wanted to do this hike. It looks like you went the right time of year. The greenery against the castle is right out of a fairytale.

    • MuseumChick 03.24.2011

      Oooh the whole town is out of a fairytale! It’s one of my favorite place in the world!

  4. Laura 06.28.2010

    I visited the Neuschwanstein castle this Easter and it was just breathtaking; I fell in love with it and its story and the views.. everything!