After a fun day in Munich, seeing the Marienplatz and Glockenspiel, and making new friends over many pints at the Hofbräuhaus, we didn’t want to leave. However, we also wanted to see more cities. So we did both. We made Munich our base camp for 3 days and took day trips to nearby Fussen and Salzburg.
Munich to Salzburg is just 90 minutes by train. And unless you want to do the 4-hour Sound of Music tour, you can see most of the city in a half day.
Munich to Fussen is a little farther at 2 hours by train, but the ride is so scenic and beautiful that you won’t mind. From there, head to the nearby Neuschwanstein Castle (so beautiful it inspired Disney’s Cinderella Castle), then tour the tiny, quaint and lovely town of Fussen before heading back to Munich for dinner. And more pints of course.
How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle from Fussen
Take the train to Füssen, then the bus RVA/OVG 73 in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen or the bus RVA/OVG 78 in the direction to Schwangau until you reach the stop Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße. (Directions copied from http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/howtoget.htm.)
You can also take a cab from the train station if you’re short on time.
Fussen and Neuschwanstein
The Scenic Route