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Train Between Salzburg / Fussen / Munich

Hello,
Just looking for some ideas on train travel between the above mentioned areas.
We plan on leaving Salzburg in May traveling to Fussen by train, spending the night in Fussen, touring the castles the following day then taking the train to Munich later that afternoon. Is there a better idea for this route and is it advisible to purchase the train tickets ahead of time or just purchase the day we need them.
Thanks so much!

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The most cost effective way from Salzburg to Fuessen is to use the Bayern Ticket. Travel after 9 am on local trains for 23 euro for the first person and 4 euro for each additional person up to 4 more people. It is only 45 minutes extra travel time over using more expensive express trains. Works for Fuessen to Munich as well and the trains and travel times are the same. If you are going on the weekends, travel anytime. No reservations and you can buy on the day of travel.

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Thank you so much! I appreciate your help :)

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18312 posts

You do realize that the fastest way from Salzburg to Füssen goes through Munich?

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HI Lee,
yes that was my understanding that we would go up to Munich then back down to Fussen. I really wanted to stay one night by the Castle and not just do the day trip. I was hoping that I had missed something and there was a more direct route to Fussen from Salzbug. Thanks for your response!

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I once went out of may way to see Neuschwanstein, as do so many travelers. After traveling the Rhine River valley, I'd already had my fill of castles. I found Neuschwanstein anti climatic, and I didn't really have any desire to walk up there. It's not even a castle.

I'd much better spend the time I'd be going out of my way (SW of Munich) going over to Hallstadt and the mountain lakes of Austria--or down to the Western Tyrol mountains outside of Innsbruck.

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"After traveling the Rhine River valley, I'd already had my fill of castles"

David, most of the "castles" on the Rhein are not real castles. Except for Burg Eltz and the Marksburg, they were all destroyed by Napoleon's troop and, except for Rheinfels, have since been rebuilt, on the same site, using the same stones, but they are not authentically old.

If you want to see authentic castles, go to Sigmaringen, Harburg, or Burghausen (I'm sure others will add to this list).

Nancy, the rail lines in that region all radiate out from Munich. Due to the mountainous terrain, there are very few lines running east to west south of Munich.