We are going to be traveling from Rothenburg to Salzburg and are going to stop for one night in between in order to see Neuschwanstein. The question is where should we stay? Right now, I'm thinking we'll stay in Fussen, that way we could get up early, see the castles and be on our way to Salzburg by early afternoon. But I've also thought about staying in Munich so we could see some sights there, but that would make for a long next day traveling down to the castles and then leave for Salzburg later the same day. Thoughts on what we should do? Would it be possible to go ahead to Salzburg and day-trip to Neuschwanstein from there? Any ideas would be appreciated. Thanks!
Well, of course, if you stay in Füssen, you are very close to Neuschwanstein. You can also stay in Hohenschwangau, right at the castles, or in one of the surrounding towns, Schwangau or Horn.
My choice, a little farther away, would be Pfronten, a lovely collection of villages on the border between Germany and Austria. There are frequent buses (about ½ hr) from there to Füssen, and on to Hohenschwangau.
Pfronten is a great destination by itself, with the castle ruins of Falkenstein, where Ludwig planned on building his last (?) castle and a great view from Breitenbergbahn.
We stayed twice at the Hotel zum Hechten in Fuessen and can highly recommend it. Neuschwanstein is only 10 minutes from Fuessen.
If you have time, check out the luge ride (Sommerrodelbahn) and cable car at Tegelberg, a mile or so from Neuschwanstein.
I wouldn't consider Neuschwanstein a day trip destination from Salzburg. That's about 7 hours round trip. Also, from Munich to Neuschwanstein to Salzburg is a long day.
I will reiterate a prior post and give my nod to Gutshof zum Schluxen in Pinswang, Austria, as the place to stay. I would also encourage you to try to find a way to add an additional nights stay in order to make the visit truly enjoyable, and then make the drive to Salzburg to following day. If you can do this, then you have the time to hike in the hills around the hotel, or even to walk the old road to the castle from the hotel, a truly beautiful way to see the area.