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February 21, 2019

Germany: Fussen

A surviving picture of Neuschwanstein

Fussen Germany is the tourist base for exploring two of Mad King Ludwig’s castles, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. The castles, particularly the fanciful Neuschwanstein said to have been an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle, have been featured in numerous international travel shows. And it shows. When we visited in September, the later part of the tourist season, the area was full of tourists.

We suffered the crush of humanity to climb up the paths to take pictures of Neuschwanstein. Afterwards we toured the inside of Hohenschwangau. (Having previously seen the underwhelming inside of Neuschwanstein there was no motivation for a return visit.)

Back in our hotel room in the evening I discovered that there were no pictures on the camera’s memory card. Sadly it seems that I had accidentally deleted them all.

The streets of Fussen

The Tegelbergbahn

Though I did manage a few pictures of Neuschwanstein from the distance the following day, we couldn’t bear the thought of retracing the steps through the tourist hordes to get to the best castle view spots again. So you’ll have to trust me. I lost some great pictures. But really, the world does not need more pictures of the oft-photographed Neuschwanstein, does it?

Rather than trying to photograph Neuschwanstein from the best angles again the following day we headed over to the nearby Tegelberg Cable Car.

Riding the Tegelberg lift to the top provides good views of the surrounding lands and the snow-capped German Alps. The hang gliding and paragliding launches are steps away from the summit house of the cable car. For sure this is a scenic and convenient place for foot launched flying.

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The top of the Tegelberg lift is the nexus of several alpine trails. Indeed it is possible to take paths from the top of the cable car to the same spot we took pictures of Neuschwanstein the previous day. We entertained the idea of walking down the mountain but it seemed like it would be too long loop to get back to the car, particularly without having made plans to do so. And besides, the end of the trail uses the same paths we found overwhelmed by the tourist throngs. If we hiked down we’d get caught in the very crush of tourists near Neuschwanstein that we were trying to avoid.


We stayed in Fussen Germany in September of 2018.


  1. I am surprised that you found the interiors of Neuschwanstein underwhelming. I had the exact opposite experience 😀 Interesting to see how perceptions differ.

    Comment by coconutroute — February 21, 2019 @ 6:25 am

    • There are only 14 finished rooms, which on the scale of grand castles is pretty limited.

      Comment by anotherheader — February 21, 2019 @ 6:35 am

      • That is true but I thought that the finished rooms looked great and different from the usual, especially his bed (I know that it is not part of the palace structure). I have never seen such a grand, opulent, intricately designed bed in any of the palaces I have visited till date. Maybe I haven’t visited enough palaces yet 😀

        Comment by coconutroute — February 21, 2019 @ 6:57 am

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