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.
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.
Then there are unpaved wooded trails for the more adventurous…
…that lead to quiet spring water falls, clean enough to drink if you are thirsty from the hike.
Half-way up I spotted a photo-op in a clearing…
…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).
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.
I’ll take you inside this enchanting castle in my next post.
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