Road conditions will depend on the route you choose. From both start points you can also drive "flat" to Neuschwanstein. Than the road conditions will be OK.
If you rent a car in one country and return in another you'll have to pay a pretty high international drop off fee. As the car has to be driven back to its original country.
Train from Zürich to Lindau and rent there.
Train from Innsbruck to Garmisch-Partenkirchen (a really scenic railroad) and rent there.
Or stick to the trains the whole route till Füssen. There is however no really direct train route.
also an option: Innsbruck to Reutte be train. From Reutte to Füssen (~ 10 km) by taxi. Only a few buses per day on this route.
From: Innsbruck Hbf
Thanks for your information, you are a big help. We will actually be hiring a car in Lucerne & driving through to Paris, so we will have a car to do the trip, either way. I think we will be going to Neuschwanstein from Innsbruck, I saw there is a way to go back along the main highway towards Lucerne for a bit then up through Ruette.
Is this way generally clear of snow? Would you recommend getting a 4WD or AWD vehicle to drive the icy roads, or will a standard vehicle with chains be ok?
Thank you again!
Standard vehicle with chains? It´s still central Europe, not northern Sweden we are speaking about. It is good to have some chains in the trunk for the case of a (admittedly rare) snowstorm, but usually all you need are winter tyres.
Btw. if you have an accident in winter without winter tyres you are automatically liable for a part of the damage - so make sure your rental car is equipped with winter, not summer or year-round tyres.
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