Back in September when I was still living in Switzerland, my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Bavaria (Southern Germany) to visit one destination that has been on my bucket list for a long time... Neuschwanstein Castle. This place is beyond magical and was a perfect spot for family pictures and a day spent outside. And as a bonus, the kids thought this truly was Sleeping Beauty's castle!
Located just minutes from the Austrian border and built in the last 1800's by King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein (Neu means New and schwan means swan in German) is like a real life Disney princess castle. There are actually two castles and one museum on the grounds, along with restaurants, buggy rides, hiking/biking trails and so much more.
To get to the actual castle is quite the hike but so worth it. The views of the valley from the top of the mountain are breathtaking...and the castle itself is huge! There are shuttles available to and from the castle but that does cost money and the line was way too long for me.
There are tours of the interior of the castle available for only 9 Euro and lasting about 30 minutes (no cameras allowed inside). I recommend getting tickets early as it was very crowded and the lines were long for everything. However, there is plenty to see on the outside and within the castle walls for no cost, except parking. If ever in the southern German, northern Austrian or eastern Swiss areas, taking the time to see this gorgeous, very touristy destination won't be a let down!