Remember the time when we used to believe in fairytales? The Kings and Queens, the handsome Prince and beautiful Princess, the fairy godmother, the evil witch and of course the huge castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle, located in Bavaria, Germany is out of the pages of the fairytales. Built by King Ludwig II, overlooking the panoramic Hohenschwangau Valley, the huge castle has towering turrets, medieval architecture, beautiful gardens and courtyard.
The best things about Neuschwanstein Castle is the location. Though it is one of the most popular tourist locations in Europe today, the pristine beauty of background combined with the majestic architecture creates a picture-perfect vision.
We took a train from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Fussen, which is the nearest railway station to Neuschwanstein. The train ride took about 2 hours. From Fussen there are buses available to Hohenschwangau village. The village is a pretty busy one with lots of tourists, shops, restaurants. The Hohenschwangau Palace and museum is located there.
From there you can visit Neuschwanstein via buses or choose to walk the distance or opt for the horse carriage. I was really interested to take the horse carriage as it seemed like the best option to visit a castle. However, finally we decided on bus due to time constraint.
The bus ride took about 15 minutes. We had to walk some distance from the drop, but the walk was a visual delight. No description cannot do justice to the beauty of the surroundings. From the top of the castle you can see the Hohenschwangau Castle, the boyhood home of King Ludwig II.
There are guided tours available if you want to see inside the castle. We went as far as the compound. We decided to return to the village on foot, drinking in the surreal beauty of the surroundings and remembering the stories of long ago.