Schloss Neuschwanstein

Another fantastic day trip from München are the two castles of Neuschwanstein (noy-shwan-stein) and Hohenschwangau (ho-hun-schwan-gaau). First things first, reserve your tickets here. If you don’t do that two days before your visit (and before 3 pm), forget about seeing the inside of the castle. For some reason, the website didn’t let me reserve my place – tourist season, I think – and I had to stand in a long line only to find out that the only available tour was after my evening train back to Munich. So, reserve your tour in advance!

Getting There

Purchase a Bayern ticket from the U-Bahn or S-Bahn closest to you. This ticket will cover the U-Bahn ride to the Hbf. The ticket costs €23,00 for 1 passenger with the addition of €5,00 for every extra passenger in a group of up to 4. You can do the math here. Instead of buying two separate tickets as a couple, add the €5,00 and bring down your individual cost from €23,00 to just €14,00! As you can see, the cost reduction is much higher as you add more people.

A kind DB employee printed out a train schedule for me. München – Bochelau – Füssen. Now, your train for Bochelau will leave from one of the platforms on the other side of the Hbf. All the trains to Salzburg, Vienna, Budapest, Paris, etc. leave from the main hall. Walk to the end, go left and you’ll find another hall on the other side. The trains here are smaller. It’s more like an intercity coach. When you get off at Bochelau – a tiny station – take a look at the printed schedules in the glass displays. Take a picture with your smartphone. It will be divided into Füssen – Bochelau and Bochelau – München, vice versa. Go through the timings and figure out what time you need to leave from Füssen to make it back in time to your hostel in Munich.

Run to Bus #78 as soon as you get off. All passengers from the train will be running with you! The bus will drop you off at the base of the hill. There’s a public loo if you’d like to freshen up. Keep those € coins handy. There’s a separate line for collecting tickets. You’ll be immediately glad for not being in the other line. There’s a kiosk next door if you fancy a Käsepretzel and a chilled beer. Walk uphill to catch the bus that takes you to Marienbrücke. Believe me, it is worth the €2,60 return ticket. The view from Marienbrücke is stunning. I’d definitely like to go back in the winter to see the snow covered castle. After the 30 minute tour, walk back to Marienbrücke for the bus back to the ticket center. If you do not wish to take the bus on the way back, buy a single ticket and walk down the path indicated.


I couldn’t help myself! I had to bring this little guy home ♥ There’s a kiosk on the way down with all kinds of gifting material. It was love at first sight. Named after the boy who sat next to me on the bus from Nürnberg to Dresden, Anton went on to become loved by co-passengers, hostel roommates, immigration officials, and airport security personnel.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein.

I didn’t get much sleep last night. It is 35 degrees during the day and cools down to 29 degrees at night. There are 6 of us in a room with two windows that openly only about 15 degrees. You can’t imagine the rest.

I woke up at 6 and decided to get the laundry done while having breakfast. I knew there wasn’t enough time if I had to take the 9:52 train to Fuessen. But the clothes had to be done. I haven’t had a sip of alcohol since that glass of white wine on the plane. Sadly, it had not done its job of making me comfortable and helping me sleep. I fell in love with beer when I tasted Koelsch last February. You have to try it if you ever visit Cologne. Go to the Frueh Brauhaus next to the Dom and drink a lot! But yes, I cannot exit Bavaria without a drink or two. So I have decided to attend to this detail today. So I got the laundry out of the way to make some time for a cultural drinking experience. Dark beer it is.

I finished laundry at 10:15 and walked to the Hauptbahnhof. The Bayern ticket for one day costs €23,00 and covers the U-Bahnhof / S-Bahn ride to the Hbf. I could have picked up the tickets at Hackerbruecke but I don’t like that station much. I reached at 10:30 to find out that the next train was leaving at 10:41 from Gleis 30. There was no display so the DB attendant printed a Reiseplan for me. Looks like it was the last train to Fuessen for the day. I had to change the train at Bochelau and board another one. Here’s the fantastic thing about Europe travel. They have some fantastic discounts and offers.  Get a Bayern information brochure before you book the tickets. There are multiple options to choose from. Also check the information boards on platforms whenever you travel. These are mostly regular trains and all timings are printed and put up with the stops. So you know you have multiple return timings to choose from.

I reached Fuessen a little past one. It’s a small station and on the right are the buses waiting to take you to the ticket Center. You don’t need to buy bus tickets if you have Bayern fahrkarte. There are restrooms and information Center where the bus drops you off. The ticket Center is a little up ahead on your right. If you have reserved tickets, it will be quicker for you. The reservation didn’t work for me and the only tours available were for 7pm and onwards. The last train to Munich left at 6 so I decided to see just the courtyard. It was too hot to be bearable. I finally gave in and ate a kaesebruzel with a chilled bottle of Desperados. The bus to the top is on the left as you move up. Single trip costs €1,80 while the return is €2,60. After waiting in the line for 45 minutes, I decided to walk down. The bus leaves you at Marienbrucke or Mary’s bridge. It’s temporarily closed for repairs. From there it is a short hike down to the castle. I see why they call it Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Here, have a look:

Schloss Neuschwanstein

It started raining after that picture was taken. The rain was a blessing from the heavens and made my day slightly better. The return bus to Fuessen station leaves from right where it drops you off. It’s a short few km drive but we were stuck in a slow moving lane and nearly missed the 5:05 PM train. ThankfulLy, the train was late as well!

It was already 7:30 pm when we pulled into Munich. I am moving to Nuremberg in the morning so I wanted to rest up. But my Bavarian beer experience was pending. So, I dropped in at the old Augustiner. This is an Augustiner Hell vom Fass. I chugged half a litre easily but then again the minimum standard here is 1.5 litres.

Augustiner