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Neuschwanstein Castle germany concern

We will be going to Neuschwanstein Castle on 21st March which is like the day after from Innsbruck and as our time is very tight, we only have 1 day and will stay overnight in Stuttgart so we are trying to squeeze in to go to that attraction. This is a last minute decision so there is no way we can stay overnight in Munich. And luckily I see that Fussen weather is great so that is why we decided to go.

We will depart from Innsbruck by train at 7am and arrive in Fussen at around 12pm and there's a few questions I would like to ask and hope you guys can assist.

1) Provided we are not going inside the castle but rather just wandering outside, taking photos, have a stroll, how long is recommended to stay? 2 hours? 3 hours?

2) Is Fussen the town worth staying extra time for an hour or two to stroll? Or we can skip it entirely?

3) Where is the timetable for shuttle bus from Fussen to the castle? And how much return?

4) Finally and most importantly, does Fussen train station have locker so we can store our luggage while we can go relax for the 1/2 day?

Your answer will be appreciated

Kind regards

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Number 2 - not if you are in such a hurry.

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Number 4 - what relax? I only see go go go

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Was just there yesterday. The bus from Fussen to town is about 20 minutes. Buses were waiting at the train station when we arrived. If just wondering around allow 45 minutes each way to walk to / from the castle and then maybe another 30-45 minutes to wander around. You can buy castle tour tickets when you arrive, it is a short tour but very much worth the little money and time. Take time to also walk the bridge. With travel and taking in the castle we chose to not spend additional time in Fussen, we did not see much passing through that caught our interest. There were minimal lockers at Fussen train station.

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(2) yes, has a medieval castle and a baroque abbey

(3) www.bahn.com, search for destination "Hohenschwangau"

(4) yes, on the platform and inside the buildung

EDIT: In cases of uncertainty like (4), it is always a good idea to call the responsible service center ("3S"). You can find it by looking for a connection to your destination on www.bahn.com and then clicking on the station information. They are supposed to speak (some, I'd assume) English. For Fussen it is 089/13081055

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Number 4 - no lockers or left luggage at the station

If you get there at noon and take 2 hours, then 3:30 on the train to Stuttgart (1 change in Augsburg or 2 with one quick) it will be nearly dark when you arrive. Starting at 7, presumably rising an hour or two earlier, that's one very long day to see the outside of a remote fake castle.

If that's what you want to do as a group, by all means do it. Just accept and understand that you may feel let down and very tired after such a long detour for such small return.

You really don't have any time to enjoy Füssen which does have some interesting things to see and do.

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sla019

That's interesting about the lockers. I didn't remember any, and the Station Information link on the DB page answers "Lockboxes" with the graphic of a locker as "-". Neither a tick or a "no". So a dash is "Yes"?

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Starlatay,

Sounds like you had a great time
So just to confirm, you mean there are lockers in the train station that you saw?

We are prepared for a long day and arrive at night at Stuttgart as late as 11pm which is fine for us since we have a day rest the day after.
Our 3 weeks Europe trip, this is probably the one that kinda disrupt us the most but we are prepared for the long day mainly for the castle because of the good weather and that my wife wants to go
But like said, I am only concerned about the locker in Fussen train station. If there are plenty and no problem, thats not an issue for us
And even we do not have time for Fussen, that is fine
I have allowed 5-7 hours in Fussen assuming we arrive in midday because I have targetted that we will take 5:05 or 7:05pm to Stuttgart which requires 1 change.

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@Nigel

there are some DB-owned lockers on the platform (between tracks 2/3) and some more (privately owned) inside the building. I have no idea why the DB doesn't update the station entry (during the recent rebuilding of the station there were indeed no lockers). I had a lenghty discussion with the 3S people about that some months ago, who said they would report it, but so far nothing has happened. Probably nobody of the DB guys in Berlin believes that they have a station down in southernmost Bavaria. The station database of the BEG is more accurate.

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Thanks for that sla019

The cross in the box next to Schließfächer is quite clear, but they do a good job of hiding them on the plan. That is a much better info page, agreed.

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There are also taxis at the station. Reasonably priced

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By the way what bus number should I catch after I hop off at Fussen?
I read somewhere it is like 73 and 78 or something but does it have a timetable so I can see?
And how much for single and/or return trip?
Thanks

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Are you using a Bayern Ticket? If so, the bus is included, but not the private one up to the bridge.

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By the way what bus number should I catch after I hop off at Fussen?

As said above: use www.bahn.com.

BTW 1: if the lockers at the station are all occupied, walk straight to the Tourist info (approx. 100 m toward the center) and ask for help. I'd assume they will store your luggage for a couple of hours.

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BTW 2:
Please check your connection. Five hours is way too long for the Innsbruck - Füssen trip (you have selected a connection via Munich, i.e. your trip describes 300° of a circle). Go to www.bahn.com and request an intermediate stop of 0:00 in Mittenwald. That will bring up the direct connection Innsbruck - Mittenwald - Garmisch - Reutte - Füssen. If you depart at 6:30 you will arrive in Füssen at 10:30 and you save an hour.

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sla019,

Thanks for that, didn't think about the Tourist info, because we were worried that either the lockers will not be there or even so, they would be all occupied. Will do so if it is full

We do not use Bayern Ticket but Eurail pass, so most likely to pay for the bus fare
Yes I have checked the connection, the earliest and the best for us is to catch 7:17am and ONLY changes in Munich for one connection and total travelling time is around 4 1/2 hours, approx 12pm. We prefer less change as we have 2 luggage to carry. We also have Eurail 15 days flexi pass so it is great we can travel unlimited times in 1 day.

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And also, if I catch the bus 78 or 73 tomorrow, which stop should I get off at?
I see that people go to Hohenschwangau which we are not interested since we are not buying the tickets

Is there a stop called Neuschwanstein or something that will show on the display?
Thanks

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Hohenschwangau is the right stop. Don't worry, almost everyone will get out there. Wheather forecast for tomorrow is fine.

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Your probably can't miss the bus to the castles. First, there will probably a lot of people getting on. Second, there is a silhouette of the castles on the sign at the bus stop.

According to this website, it is Haltestelle (bus stop) #5.

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so today was the day.

How did it all go?

Have you reached Stuttgart?

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there are some DB-owned lockers on the platform (between tracks 2/3) and some more (privately owned) inside the building. I have no idea why the DB doesn't update the station entry

Udate: After several emails to the DB customer service I received a reply yesterday by DB Station Service in Augsburg saying that the information about lockers in Füssen had been updated. Well, it has, but only on www.bahn.com and not on www.bahnhof.de ...
The DB has obviously lost track of how many websites they run.