Fussen to Munich
We woke to sunny skies in Fussen. We were on the road by around 8.30am for a 5 minute drive to Hohenschwangau. This is the site of a major tourism operation where they arrange tours through Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castles. We pre-booked our tickets for the 9.55 tour of Neuschwanstein Castle.
From the ticket office there are 3 options to get to the castle. A 30 minute walk up the mountain, a 5 minute bus trip or a horse drawn carriage. We took the bus.
The bus drops you at a place called Marienbrucke. A short walk from the bus stop is a high bridge spanning a river around 100 metres below. From the bridge is the best vantage point for a photo of this impressive castle. Then we walked to the castle down a sometimes steep path. It wasn’t an easy walk but more was still to come. Upon starting our tour, we ascended 70 steps up a spiral staircase to the first viewing level.
The 30 minute tour was conducted by an English speaking local. The guide was informative but sometimes hard to hear. Tours leave every 5 minutes and have around 25-30 persons on each. When we finished that level we ascended another 63 steps up two levels for the next viewing rooms. And then up another 33 steps to the top floor of the main part of the castle where was saw a spectacular hall used for concerts. That was the end of our tour. From there we descended about half way down to the obligatory souvenir store and then down the rest of the way and out. No photos are permitted inside but it is impressively decorated and very well maintained. You will have to see if for yourself or take my word for it.
Then the downhill walk to the castle became an uphill climb back to the bus stop. We wandered back to the car and headed for Munich. We stopped at a roadside Inn for lunch and on to our apartment in suburban Munich. We had the street name but not the house number and it took a while to find it. Then nobody was there. They were supposed to meet us at the apartment. We waited for a while and then Darlene knocked on the door of the apartment below to see if they knew the whereabouts of the owner and as it turned out they own it. They were not home but their son was able to get us the key and help us settle in.
It is Sunday today and as is the case in Germany almost everything is shut. We found a petrol station where we bought some milk and on the way found a restaurant where we can eat later.