Sounds corny? Yeah, I thought so but too this place really exist. When I told people I’m going to Munich and Fussen, their first response were ‘Do you know there’s a Romantic Road there’ or ‘Are you going for the Romantic Road’. I was travelling then so I didn’t have the opportunity to surf net and dig more info about this ‘road’.

The route describe the stretch of highway in southern Germany (in Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg), between Würzburg and Füssen. I only manage to visit Füssen, the location for King Ludwig II’s Neuschwanstein Castle and his father’s Hohenschwangau Castle. Some travellers told me the castle was not as impressive but who won’t want to see the ever-famous fairy-tale castle. Neuschwanstein is an exceptional sight. It sits on mid-hill, surrounded by hills, with a waterfall nearby, and fabulous lake-view.

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Neuschwanstein1
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Neuschwanstein5

If you take the effort to climb up to the top of the hill via Marienbruke, crossing the bridge above the waterfall; you won’t regret it! it’s got a view overlooking the township of Schwangau and the Forggensee lake. I found a headstone (or rather just a cross) on top of the hill, imagine being buried here; overlooking Schwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle! :)

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Town of Schwangau and Forggensee lake

King Ludwig II lived at Hohenschwangau Castle, his father’s King Maximillian’s castle. Its on a lower hill and overlooks the Alpsee lake. Its got beautiful garden and a chapel nearby. I love the garden, with its swan fountain and rose bushes, and easily accessible benches. It’s really got the ambience!

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Hohenschwangau Castle
Garden of Hohenschwangau Castle

Garden of Hohenschwangau Castle

Mid-hill, on the way down from Hohenschwangau Castle, there is pretty-hidden path leading to the shore of lake Alpsee. Its quite steep, but short… standing there, overlooking clear lake and an abandon wooden house; I felt just peace. Its like a fairy tale scene. Lots of locals, and tourists walk around Alpsee lake in the evening; some feeding the swans, playing frisbees, and fishing too.

Alpsee Lake

Alpsee Lake

Schwangau area is about 5km from Fussen town, it takes 5 mins by bus and about 45 mins if you walk. Back in Fussen town, you must visit Basilica St Mang. The church is free for visit, and I found the alter place and sculpture just exquisite. The town is also littled with gift shop and cafes, and its over-crowded until 6-7pm. The one thing I can never get used to about European towns is the silence after 7pm!

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Basilica St Mang

If you are planning to visit Fussen, I recommend you stay for a day or two. A day trip from cities like Munich is possible but too short. The train journey alone takes about 2.5 hours from Munich. If you have an Interrail or Europass ticket, the day tour from Munich only cost €25, full price is €35. This covers all transportations until Schwangau and the tour guide. Supposing, the guide will be able to tell you ‘the best’ place to take postcard pictures. Well, I went on my own, and the ‘best’ place is really not hard to find; but taking good pictures requires a good camera, a good day, and a good photographer… too bad I don’t have any of those good points!

Lastly, I want to share a video my friend sent. Its simply beautiful, called Love Story by Jon Schmidt.

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