Our road trip, started in Innsbruck. We spent a few days in this small and colorful town, walking around the city and eating delicious Austrian and Germany food.
Innsbruck, Austria, is right on the border of Germany, and is less than a 2 hour drive by car from Munich. The city has about 118,000 people. It is located between 7 Alpine mountains.
Innsbruck is a popular destination for those who like to ski, other winter sports, or just enjoy the beauty of the city. The city is small, in a day, it is possible to visit a lot of places.
Points of interest in Innsbruck:
The main tourist attraction of the city is called the Golden Roof. A set of 3 balconies of the fifteenth century, covered by a small roof, formed by almost 3,000 copper strips, which glisten in the sun and can be seen in the distance.
Visit Markt Halle:
Located right in the city center, it is surrounded by restaurants, and stores with breathtaking views of the Alps.
Visit St. James Cathedral and The Imperial Palace of Innsbruck:
It is one of the most important landmarks in Austria. It includes Rococo style houses, an important collection of paintings and tapestries.
Walk through the Triumphal Arch (Triumphforte):
Built in 1765, by order of Empress Maria Theresa, The Arc is on Maria Theressien Strasse in the center of commercial life and the second symbol of the city.
Climb the Stadtturm Town Tower:
It is an observation tower, built in the 1400s with stunning views, from the top and interesting design stairs. Tickets for Stadtturm Town Tower are available on the site, and coast less than 5 euros.
We ate breakfast at Penz Hotel, for dinner and drinks we went to Licht Blick, 360° Cafe, and Cafe & Pub Hokus Pokus one of the coolest bars in Innsbruck.
After a few days, we drove all the away from Innsbruck to Bavaria-Germany, we saw the Alps, winter cabins and frozen lakes throughout Tirol. We had delicious lunch on side of the road, driving to Germany.
At the end of the day, we finally made it to our destination in Fussen. Fussen is a very small Bavarian town where there are good restaurants, stores and is near Neuschwanstein Castle.
Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle:
Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the “Fairytale King. The construction started in 1869, and opened to the public, after his death in 1886. The castle is located in Bavaria.
Ludwig was very interested in architecture, buildings and the arts. He was a dreamer and a lonely king.
A quote from King Ludwig II: “I wish to remain an eternal enigma to myself and to others.”
Neuschwanstein Castle, is located in a great area, with beautiful views of the Bavarian Alps, two stunning waterfalls, a skiing area and marvelous views of the Alpsee Lake, making it a real representation of a fairytale castle.
The castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney’s, Sleeping beauty Castle.
Tips: Buy the Neuschwanstein Castle tickets online. Visitors are only allowed to get inside of the castle with a guide.
Visitors are not allowed to take photos inside of the castle. Be prepared to only take photos outside.
Hike the hills outside the castle, until you reach the bridge, the views are spectacular.
Eat an authentic Germany food at Das Schlossrestaurant, just down the castle.
If you have enough time, you can also visit Hoschengau castle, where King Ludwig II, grew up.
How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle ?
Munich Airport, Flughafen München (German), is the closest airport, then you will have to drive 2 hours by car, until you reach the castle.
Official language: German