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Fuessen...Best way to get around to visiting castles/towns..Please help

Hello All, Planning on visiting Germany Austria and Switzerland in end of May/June 2012 timeframe with kid and spouse. Need to understand best options when visiting Bavaria. We plan to take the train to Fuessen (from Munich most likely). Once in Fuessen, we plan to visit : 1. Neichweinstein castle 2. Hohenschwangau castle 3. Linderhof 4. Herrenchiemsee - Is this worth a visit? 5. Mittenwald 6. Garmisch or Oberammagau 7. Lindau on lake constance. What is the best way to visit all these? Car or train? How long should we stay in Fuessen? We are planning on 2 nights.
From Fuessen, we need to get to Zurich...What is the best way to do that? Any direct trains? Any advice is deeply appreciated. We want to see the beautiful Bavarian/Tirol countryside along with the castles/palaces. Thanks, Aparna

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I'll write a few quick, general answers and let the others fill in the details. First of all, there is no way you can visit all of those locations within two nights. The first two are easy to reach from Füssen. You can take a long walk, or short bus, taxi or bicycle ride. Füssen is a tertiary train stop. You won't find a direct train to Zurich from here.

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Instead of taking the train all the way back to Munich, you could take the train as far as Kaufbeuren or Buchloe and catch a train to Lindau from there. That would be a little faster. You could also take the bus to Reutte or Pfronten, which are on the Ausserfernbahn that goes through the Austrian Tirol, and take the train from there to Kempten, where you could catch the train to Lindau. Another way, which I might do - it's more scenic, is to take the late afternoon bus from Fuessen to Sonthofen. This takes you through Marie Rain, Oy-Mittelberg, and Oberjoch, on the edge of the Alps, and down a steep mountain face into Bad Hindelang. From Sonthofen, you take the train to Immenstadt im Allgäu, arriving around 7:30 in the evening. You could go on Lindau at almost 9 PM, but I would stay in Immenstadt (Drei König) and go to Zuerich the next morning with a stop in Lindau.

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By car: Drive from Munich to Garmisch, Oberammergau, Linderhof, then have dinner in Mittenwald and go back to Garmisch, stay there over night. The next day drive to Füssen via Lermoos and Reutte (total drive 50 minutes). Visit Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein. Then continue towards Lindau, drop off rental car, stay over night. The next day take boat to Konstanz, then train to Zurich.

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You won't find a direct train from Fuessen to Zuerich, but you can get a direct regional train from Fuessen to Munich. From Munich there are direct Eurocity trains to Zuerich. Those trains go through Lindau, so you should probably stop there on you way rather than making a special trip to/from Lindau from Munich. Fuessen, Oberammergau, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and Mittenwald are really close together and connected by train and/or bus. If I were doing it, I would stay in Oberammergau. It's is a short bus to Linderhof. You could see it in the morning, then take the bus to GaP. When I stayed in Oberammergau in 2007, I left the last morning for Wieskirche to start up the Romantic Road. A couple from my Gästehaus were going on the Fuessen and the castles for the day and returning at Oberammergau for the night. If you decide to stay Fuessen, there are buses to Reutte where you can catch the train to GaP, or you can take the bus via Oberammergau.

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This is all fantastic information for us...Thank you so much and please keep posting. I do have one question regarding Herrenchiemsee palace. I do not see it talked about...Most people who talk Germany and castles/palaces talk about Neichweinstein, Hohenshwangau, Burg Eltz, Linderhof etc......Any reviews about Herrenchiemsee palace? I have heard that it was designed on the lines of Versailles but would like more information on it...Is it worth visiting at all or should we drop it from our list?

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It is nice and worthwhile alright. But you already have a couple of castles on your itinerary. And it's just not on your way. That's why we all skipped it. If you rent a car by the way, make sure you stop in Bad Tölz for the Marktstrasse on your way from Munich to Garmisch... Just a short stop, not a big detour... and you actual human day-to-day life in such a beautiful town that elsewhere would probably just be a mock-up in a theme park...

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For car rental, check AutoEurope and Kemwell online. They are car brokers and arrange for your rental with companies such as Avis, Hertz and Europcar. You could pick up the car in Fuessen and then like others have said, drop off in Lindau. We have also done the reverse. When we flew in Zurich we took a one hour train to Singen, southern tip of Germany, and rented the car. Singen is a very small town that is easy to walk to/from the train station. Just another idea. For trains, check this website: http://reiseauskunft.bahn.de/bin/query.exe/en When checking train schedules, click twice on the far left arrow and you will get a listing of all stops that particular train makes. I like to print this schedule off and take it with me to purchase tickets and to know which stop is before the one I want. You'll need time to get ready to get off. If you do decide to drive and need some lodging recommendations, send me a personal message. Have a great trip!

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This is excellent excellent stuff to know...I did not know that I could go directly from Lindau to Zurich....We will definitely try to do Fuessen and then Lindau and then on to Zurich.. I do have a couple of further questions... Seeing the Map of Germany, Austria and switzerland, I notice that Herrenchiemsee is very close by to Salzburg. In our trip we plan to visit Salzburg, Halstatt and Vienna in Austria....Does it make sense to hop off from Salzburg and then visit Herrenchiemsee? Are there any trains from Salzburg to Herrenchiemsee or would that be a car thing exclusively?