We stayed the night at the bed and breakfast Christine in Fussen,from our balcony we had the perfect back drop of Bavarian Alps. The next morning after a amazing brunch we drove 5 minutes to Hohenschwangau for the castles.
After parking we walked into the small little town and took a horse drawn carriage up the mountain to the castle. Neuschwanstein was so amazing you felt like you were in a fairy tale!
I recommend taking the horses up the mountain not only is it romantic and very cheap but the hike up the mountain by foot is very uncomfortable! Grab a guide book on King Ludwig II life before heading up in one of the town's shops, they explain alot on the tour but it was mostly about Ludwig and his relationship with Wagner which I didn't feel was enough about Ludwig's history.
Take lots of pictures outside of the castle on the walk up from where you are dropped off by the horses, it is the perfect photo opportunity! You cannot take photographs in the castle itself but once the tour had concluded we we out to one of the balconys and we able to get some beautiful photographs as well.
Afterwards walk back down to the town through the black forest. When you reach the village make sure to grab some lunch via the vending carts. We were more than happy with 2 bratwurst and italian ice cream vs the over priced restaurants.
After finishing out day at the castles we drove to Munich with the top down on out rental car through Bavaria, it put any views you see in the Sound of Music to shame, definately a must do if visiting Germany!
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