The train ride is short and scenic. We reached Fussen close to noon and stepped out from the station, followed the crowd and boarded the Bus no. 78 to Hohenschwangau, this short bus ride is also covered with the Bayern Ticket. The bus was packed, but luckily we got the seat on the left side and got some great views of the castle. The ticket centre is just a short walk away from the bus stop and here we realized why it is necessary to pre-book your tour tickets in advance. Nowadays there is even a line for the reserved tickets counter but comparatively, it's still much shorter.
Note:- You must collect your tickets from the ticket office at least one hour in advance.
As we were there rather early and there was still a lot of time for our tour to begin we ventured out to explore the Lake Alpsee. Pristine and calm Lake Alpsee is an excellent spot to just stroll, appreciate nature and unwind. After spending a good 30 minutes at the Lake we headed towards the bus counter and took a round-trip ticket to the castle. You can also hike up to the castle or take the horse carriage. The round-trip tickets cost 2.60 euros, the drop off point is just a stone throw away from the Marienbrucke from where we enjoyed spectacular views of the castle and then enjoyed a downhill walk for about 500 meters to reach to the castle.