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FIRST VISIT
My first trip was as a stopover while driving from Munich to Zurich.  This trip didn't turn out as planned for a number of reasons. 

First mistake: We spent the prior evening in Munich at the Hofräuhaus drinking the night away.  5 liters of beer, a little bit of bar hopping, a trip to the clubs (you get the idea)...bottom line: we weren't able to leave town until noon. 

The late time leaving Munich meant we didn't arrive at the castles until the early afternoon.  Not late in the day by any stretch of the imagination, but one mustn't forget that Neuschwanstain is a HUGE tourist destination.  Basically every tourist bus in Germany makes a pit stop below the castle.  We arrived too late in the day to purchase tickets from the ticket booth, so we weren't able to take a tour of the castle.  Bummer.

Second mistake: Füssen is much closer to Munich than it is to Zurich.  In addition, it's a little bit out of the way (should you be looking to make the same trip).  So we ended up driving well out of our way to see a castle which we couldn't take a tour of anyway.

Looking back, however, I wouldn't have done anything differently.  A wild night at the Hofbräuhaus is something you'll never forget.  And while we didn't get to go inside the castles, you can still walk the grounds and take pictures from the outside.  Neuschwanstein was never finished, and Hohenschwangau is not as grandiose as its neighbor castle.  Personally, I've never been a fan of castle tours.  The great part to me is the architecture and the setting, both of which are free to all visitors to this mountain town.

SECOND VISIT
 


THIRD VISIT 

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Venture into the Bavarian Alps and visit the castle Bavaria's Mad King Ludwig grew up in.

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