Beautiful Bavaria

Füssen remains one of those places we return to time and time again. Tucked away in the Bavarian Alps, this small village is just a short (and gorgeous) 2 hour train ride away from Munich. We were glued to the train windows with our cameras, enthralled by the sprawling green Bavarian countryside. Füssen is most famous for the fairytale-status castles located just outside the village and built by the infamous King Ludwig. Fun fact: Walt Disney spent time here while traveling in Germany and Neuschwanstein Castle (the most famous of the the bunch) served as his inspiration for the Disney Castle! We traveled here from Munich, but this is also a great trip from Austria as it is only a few miles north of the Austrian border! With turquoise rivers and lakes winding from the castles down to the town, Füssen is the perfect place pack up a picnic and rent a bike to explore endless gorgeous views with over 200 km of hiking trails. There are a ton of outdoor activities to keep anyone entertained if touring castles isn’t your thing. Grab a bottle of wine and take a paddle boat out on the lake for some breathtaking views of the castles and Alps, or better yet, go parasailing! Our two favorite castles are Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau which are especially beautiful to photograph during sunset from the trails above the castles. Füssen can be a relatively cheap day trip, but we love staying at Old Kings Hostel (http://www.oldkingshostel.de). It is such a cozy three-story boutique hostel that serves locally brewed beer in the lounge area! Despite the size of the town you can find a wide variety of places to eat and drink after a long day of sightseeing.