Our first morning in Füssen started off with a delicious breakfast at Gasthaus Weiss. Then, upon recommendation from the owner of the Gasthaus, we decided to walk the one hour hike through the forest to get to the magical Neuschwanstein Castle. Sure, we could just drive there, but that’s too easy right? Plus, it was a beautiful and sunny day, perfect for a trek through nature. The trail began right behind the Gasthaus. Very convenient. We took hiking sticks and everything. It was actually a really beautiful walk.
The Autumn leaves were just starting to colour and we found a magical looking lake covered in fog.
We barely saw another person for the entirety of the walk. Then, as we approached the castle car park, we found all the people. As by magic they all appeared. We had decided we weren’t going to go inside the castle and that we would only look at it from the outside. To get up to the castle you need to trek up a hill for about 30 minutes. Some people go in a horse carriage, but that’s a bit weird to be honest.
The best views of the castle are from the Marienbruck bridge (which was about another 20 minutes walk). We had heard that the bridge had closed the prior day for maintenance, so we were a little disappointed with our timing. As we wandered around the castles grounds, we saw no further evidence about the bridge being closed, so we decided to take a chance and go check it out anyway. There were a few nice views on the way to the bridge anyway. Luckily, once we made it to the bridge it was miraculously open! We thought perhaps because the weather was so unseasonably warm they decided to keep it open. Whatever the reason, it was open, so we got our there, checked out the view and snapped some pics. It was a little scary out in the bridge actually.
A nice man took a photo of both of us.
After seeing the castle, we had Leberkase semmel for lunch.
Then we caught the bus into the town, where we had a disappointing coffee with sour milk (we didn’t drink it), did some shopping in a Trachten (traditional German/Austrian clothing) shop, bought some souvenirs and eventually had a good coffee (and cake)
Then we decided to head back to the hotel but got a bit lost and walked too far. But we saw some cool things, so that was ok (but we had walked about 20 000 steps by this stage, so we were getting a bit weary)
After all that walking, we decided to go to the thermal spa just out of town. It was pretty amazing there and form the outside baths you could see the castles and mountains. Very cool. We also had dinner there.