If you include Linderhof (and possibly en route to Fuessen or on the way home) also include the Wieskirche, then it isworth the trip. My suggestion: Autobahnfrom Munich as far as Landsberg/Lech. Route B-17 south to Steingaden. Side trip (30km R/T) to the Wies. Return to B-17 to Fuessen. Plansee route to Linderhof, then Ettal,amd Autobahn to Munich, or Ettal, Oberammergau, Murnau and Autobahn to Munich.Edited: 20 August 2014, 03:57
Where would you spend the two nights--location and possibly hotels?
1st night somewehre near Fuessen. Can't help you with hotel. I'm usually staying with classmates in area. Second night in Garmisch or Mittenwald. Stayed at Hotel Post, in the new wing. Fine, but failed to make dinnerr eservation there. Be sure to make it. Food is very good there.
We stayed twice at the Hotel zum Hechten in Fuessen. Fuessen is less than 10 min. from Neuschwanstein. With a car, if it's a nice day or morning, head over to Ehrwald, Austria for the Zugspitze cable car, maybe 40 min. away.
Closer is the Tegelberg cable car plus the Tegelberg luge ride about a mile from Neuschwanstein.
I also agree with visiting Linderhof and the Wieskirche. Linderhof's interior is amazing. So is the Wieskirche's.
PaulEdited: 21 August 2014, 01:10
We've stayed at the zum Hechten in Fuessen and also at the Weiher Guesthouse in Fuessen. Both were fine. The Weiher is not fancy, but has an amazing balcony with views of Neuschwanstein. Sitting on the balcony at night, admiring the floodlit palace and listening to the cowbells, was magical.
Great tips! Does anyone have an experience with staying in Schwangau?
After being majorly disappointed with Neuschwanstein, in that it is way too touristy and a far poorer quality in size and length of tours, and compared with many other German castles, I would not recommend staying 2 nights just for the castle. Have you heard of Hohenzollern Castle? It is still owned by the family, is much lesser known and is an absolutely magnificent castle to visit. Neuschwanstein is still worth visiting given the stunning region and the sheer fame of the castle, but there are dozens of castles out there without the massive tourist line ups, and expensive entrance fees. If you are in Germany for more than 2 weeks, consider purchasing a "Schlosskarte" which is massively reduced entrance fees to most major castles, monasteries and gardens/parks in the whole province of Baden-Württemberg. On this card you can enter well known castles like Ludwigsburg, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Karlsruhe, Maulbronn Monastery and tons more for the price of maybe two regular visits. Have a great trip, and enjoy the gorgeous surroundings in the Alps!! :)
The entire Munich area is soooo lovely! Yes Schwangau is close enough for a day trip and the drive there is absolutely stunning...it's world famous :) I know you didn't ask about food, but I just can't help recommending that you try Vapiano's in Munich. Its super fresh pizza and pasta in a cafeteria style, very popular restaurant, and a fairly quick meal for the tourist trying to pack in a full day. Also very friendly to the english speaking! Enjoy!
Great advise. Thanks so much.