Neuschwanstein is the quintessential European castle, built for 'mad' King Ludwig less than 200 years ago which makes it a baby compared to other European castles. However this castle conforms to everyone's idea of the perfect European castle that you've probably already seen pictures of it in calendars, posters, photo albums and so on. The only problem is that it is very difficult to get to without a car although the nearby towns of Füssen and Garmish-Partenkirchen have accommodation and transport making them ideal bases to explore the castle and the surrounding area.
Kaiser Maximilian Platz 1, Füssen
Tel (08362) 7077
Most people visit Füssen and Neuschwanstein from Munich, although even the transport from there is a bit awkward. From Munich you can take a train to Füssen, changing at Buchlow. The trip should take about 2½ hours. Alternatively you can take a train to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and then a connecting bus to Füssen.
Neuschwanstein and Füssen are located 5km apart. If you don't feel like walking, there is a bus from Füssen's train station. Even if you take the bus, there is another 20 minute walk up the hill once you get to Neuschwanstein.
Welfenstraße 39, D-87629 Füssen
Tel (0170) 624 8610
Welfenstraße 39, 87629 Füssen
Tel (08362) 607366 or (08362) 38534
Mariahilferstraße 5, 87629 Füssen
Tel (08362) 7754