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Are you looking for a Germany road trip itinerary? Or are you wondering what to do in Germany?

A trip to Germany allows you to see half-timbered houses, fairytale castles, dark forests and bustling cities. You get the chance to try traditional German food, visit stunning palaces and drive on the Autobahn, the highway without speed limits.

We want to show you where to go in Germany and how to plan your trip. This Germany road trip planner does not just help you discover the best of the country, we also give you lots of travel tips. As we are both living here, we know the country well and can tell you precisely what to look out for. Keep reading and start planning your trip now!

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“Put on your rain jacket,” the Kiwi guy said.

I looked up at the blue sky, with no cloud in sight.

“It protects you against mosquitos,” he added. “Trust me; I’ve been here for a couple of days already.”

Have you ever ended up in the middle of nowhere and realised that you forgot to pack some essential items?

For me, one of the biggest appeals of staying in a jungle lodge in the middle of the Amazon was its remoteness. Far away from cities, traffic and big malls, I could enjoy nature. But it also meant I had to be extra careful when packing so I wouldn’t forget anything important.

You do not want to visit the jungle without insect repellent.

No matter whether you’re staying in the Amazon or a different part of the world, you will find this jungle packing list helpful. I used all of these items and was very glad to have them, so make sure to pack them before leaving.

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If you’ve been following our blog for a while, then you know that we love hiking. Whether it’s climbing up to Germany’s highest alpine lake, hiking to the palm trees in the Cocora Valley or going for day hikes to explore castles near Frankfurt – hiking is a great way to get into nature and see local sights.

Even though you don’t need much planning for a day hike, you should look into a few things before you go. One is to find a route that you will enjoy, and that is appropriate for your skill level. A quick Google search can help you here.

The next item to think about is your packing list. You don’t need to pack much for a day hike, but there are a few hiking essentials that you should take. They can make your trip a lot more enjoyable and sometimes even safer.

To make this part of the planning as easy as possible, we have put together a day hiking packing list. Here, you can find all of the items we usually take with us. We’ll also mention a few that you might need under special circumstances, so you are well prepared for any situation.

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“Why do you want to spend one week in Belize?” my friend asked. “There’s nothing there besides beaches.”

He knew I wasn’t a beach person. I can do a day or two on the beach, but any longer than that and I will get bored and start looking for other things to do. What he didn’t know, though, was that Central America’s second smallest country had lots more to offer than just beaches.

I quickly realised that a week in Belize was nowhere near enough. I had a fantastic time, and I easily would have found enough things to do to keep myself busy for another week or two.

Most backpackers rush through Belize because it’s the region’s most expensive country. But if you choose your activities carefully, you can easily travel Belize on a budget and have a good time.

I hope you choose to spend more than a week here, but in case you’re short on time or are looking for a first inspiration, here is an ultimate Belize itinerary that takes in the best of the country. You will experience a mixture of beaches, jungle, wildlife and ancient history – basically, a taste of everything Belize has to offer.

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Mayan ruins, whites beaches, active volcanos, stunning lakes – if you’re thinking about the best places to visit in Central America, a lot of images might come to your mind. We are sure that amongst them are some of the best beaches in the world.

Central America is lucky to border two different seas – the Pacific Ocean on one side and the Caribbean Sea on the other side. That means you can find lots of different beaches in Central America. You can go surfing on the Pacific Coast, or you can sip a cocktail underneath a palm tree on a Caribbean island.

To help you choose and to inspire you for your next trip, we have put together this list of the best beaches in Central America. Plus, we’ll give you lots of helpful information along the way, so you know how to get started in planning a trip to any of these destinations!

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Caye Caulker in Belize is a fantastic destination if you’re looking for a laid-back Caribbean island with colourful houses, amazing snorkelling and the opportunity to see the Belize Blue Hole.

We have already written a post about the best things to do in Caye Caulker, but we want to help you further in planning your trip. That is why we have put together this guide on how to get to Caye Caulker.

We’ll cover all options, no matter if you’re coming from home or are already in the area. Keep reading to find out how to get to Caye Caulker from Belize City, how to get to Belize in the first place and whether you should consider going via Mexico and what you need to know about flights to Caye Caulker.

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If you’re looking for the best gifts from Europe, we have you covered.

Buying gifts for friends and family can be complex and feel almost impossible at times. We get it. We’ve been there, too, but fortunately, we have a few solutions.

As avid travellers, we love giving and receiving travel-related gifts. The joy of searching for these kinds of items is that there’s something for everyone, no matter if they’re avid travellers themselves or not.

Whether you’re looking for Europe souvenirs that you want to give to a Europe-lover, or you need a gift for a traveller to Europe, we have a solution for you. We’ve curated a list of 35 items for you, so we’re sure you’re going to find something that fits.

Keep reading to discover lots of inspiration, from Greek honey to train passes and more.

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I’m sure you’ve seen the pictures of the white castle rising between the mountains. Neuschwanstein Castle might be Germany’s most famous sight – so famous that it inspired Walt Disney when he designed the Sleeping Beauty’s Castle.

These days, the castle gets around 1,3 million visitors every day. And with good reason. It looks majestic from the outside and comes with a fascinating story. Plus, you can find a second castle within walking distance, so you can stay in the area for a whole day without getting bored.

But how do you visit Neuschwanstein Castle? How do you get there? Do you need to book your tickets in advance?

Like many travellers, we were wondering about these and other questions before our trip. Therefore, we have put together this guide which will provide you with all the answers. By the end, you will be fully prepared for your trip to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.

How to visit Neuschwanstein Castle

Brief history of the castle

Front of Newschwanstein Castle

Before we dive into details, let us give you a brief overview of the history of the castle. Neuschwanstein Castle looks old as if royal families had lived in there for centuries, right? But in reality, the castle is pretty young.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned its construction in 1869, but he never saw its completion. In 1886, after having lived in the half-finished castle for 172 days, he died. Neuschwanstein took until 1892 to be completed, and even today, many rooms inside remain unfinished.

Ludwig II got most of his inspiration from his favourite German composer, Richard Wagner. He wanted for Neuschwanstein to be a romantic interpretation of the Middle Ages, with lots of space inside where he could dream of better times and withdraw from the public.

In fact, although the castle is majestic and monumental, Ludwig II never intended to receive visitors here. It was his own private refuge at a time when kings lost more and more power.  So it is kind of fitting that after less than half a year in the fairy tale castle, he got arrested under the accusation of having become mad.

He died under mysterious circumstances only shortly afterwards.

How to get to Hohenschwangau

View of Hohenschwangau Castle and the Lake and the Alpsee Lake

To visit Neuschwanstein Castle, you first need to get to the town of Hohenschwangau. You have the choice between coming on a day trip from Munich or basing yourself in one of the villages in the area.

We highly recommend that you stay somewhere close by. The town of Füssen is an excellent choice, as you can easily take a bus from here to Hohenschwangau. Plus, Füssen is a charming town and worth a visit on its own.

We stayed in Marktoberdorf, which is just 35 minutes away by car. It proved to be an excellent base for doing lots of things in the area, not only for visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. We went hiking, saw cute villages and walked through a beautiful gorge past an ice-blue river.

If you come from Munich, you have the choice between coming on an organised trip, by car or taking a train.

An organised day tour is the easiest option if you don’t want to worry about transport and buying tickets. We think it’s perfectly possible to visit Neuschwanstein Castle independently, but we also understand that some people might prefer to go on a tour.

Take a look at this tour, which will take you to Neuschwanstein Castle and back again. Or check out this tour, which doesn’t just take you to Neuschwanstein Castle but also to Linderhof Palace. That means you get to visit another famous site on your day trip, which is very difficult to do if you go independently.

If you prefer not to join a tour, you need to go by car or by train. Driving takes about one hour and a half, while the train takes a bit more than two hours. The train is the cheaper option, but if you prefer to have your own car, you can click here to look for rental cars.

Street of Füssen

If you decide to travel by train, you need to go to Munich central station and take a regional train to Füssen. You can click here to look up the schedule online. Note that it is not possible to book a seat on a regional train and that not all trains go directly to Füssen, so you might have to make a transfer.

If you want to save money on your train ticket, consider getting the Bayern Ticket. This ticket will allow you to take all regional trains within Bavaria for a day. You can choose to buy it as a group ticket for up to five people. The more passengers, the cheaper it gets per person.

You can get the Bayern Ticket either at vending machines in each train station or you can click here to buy it online. You can also buy it at the ticket counter, but you will be charged an extra fee there.

In Füssen, get off the train and hop onto bus number 78 to Hohenschwangau.

How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle

Photo of the courtyard of Newschwanstein castle

Once in Hohenschwangau, you still have to get to Neuschwanstein Castle. You have multiple options and can go either by bus, horse cart or by walking.

Buses will take you up to the Marienbrücke, Bridge of Mary, from where you have a great view of Neuschwanstein. Walking from here to the castle takes about 20 minutes, but it’s an easy path with a gentle downhill slope.

If you go by horsecart, you will finish your trip a bit below the castle. This is as close as you can get to Neuschwanstein without walking.

The last option is walking. Depending on your walking speed, you should reserve about 40 minutes to go uphill.

If you walk, stay on the road, as this is the easiest path. If you prefer going through the forest, you can find a few (sometimes steep) hiking trails, too.

Even though the walk takes about 40 minutes, it is usually the fastest option. With Neuschwanstein being the most famous castle in Germany, the queues for all other transport options can get so long in summer that you can expect to wait for an hour or longer.

That is also why we recommend arriving in Hohenschwangau early in the day. First, you won’t have to queue as long as during mid-day. And second, you really don’t want to miss out on visiting the inside just because you didn’t arrive early enough.

Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle

View of Newschwanstein from behind

If you want to go inside Neuschwanstein Castle, you have to join a guided tour.

As of 2020, you can only purchase tickets online. This might change again in the future, but for now, you should buy them here. This link will take you to the official ticket centre.

You’ll find a few other websites selling tickets, but they usually charge more, and since they’re not official websites, you’re not guaranteed to actually get inside the castle. Sometimes, people show up with tickets from third-party vendors only to find out that these are not valid, so beware of fraud and only buy from the official ticket centre linked to above.

One thing to keep in mind is that the tickets sell out very quickly. If you want to see the inside of Neuschwanstein, you should reserve multiple days (ideally weeks) in advance. When we booked in June, for a random weekday in August, some tours were already full.

In the past, you used to have to pick up your tickets in Hohenschwangau, even if you reserved them online. Fortunately, that has changed, and you will now get an online ticket with a QR code that will enable you access to the castle.

Make sure to be at the castle entrance around 15 minutes in advance. If you are too late and you don’t enter at the designated time, your ticket will become invalid.

The tour of Neuschwanstein takes around 35 minutes. Even though Ludwig II’s family eventually finished construction of the castle’s exterior, they never decorated any of the rooms inside. Therefore, most of them remain unfinished.

The few rooms you can visit today are the ones that Ludwig II lived in until his sudden death.

So should you join a guided tour?

I will be honest with you. The tour felt short and rushed. But at the same time, it was also very informative. We didn’t know anything about Neuschwanstein and its history, so I enjoyed hearing some stories from Ludwig II.

Also, are you really going to come all the way here without going inside?

Best views of Neuschwanstein Castle

View of Newschwanstein Castle from Marienbrucke

Now that you’ve seen the inside of Neuschwanstein Castle, you should find a viewpoint from where you can admire its exterior. You’ll get a first good glimpse from the platform just below the castle, but the best views are from higher up.

As we already mentioned, Marienbrücke (Bridge of Mary) is the perfect spot to take pictures of Neuschwanstein. You also have a great view while walking here from the castle if you turn around. The different angle is quite impressive.

If you cross the Marienbrücke and keep walking, you will come to a viewpoint that has gotten very popular on Instagram lately. Here, you can sit down on the forest floor and have your picture taken while gazing at Neuschwanstein Castle.

Last, some of the famous views can only be seen from a hot air balloon. But we never felt like we were missing out on much, as we already got to see the castle from many different angles.

Keep in mind that drones are prohibited near Neuschwanstein.

What else to do in Hohenschwangau

Don’t make the mistake of just visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. You can find many more fun things to do in Hohenschwangau that you should check out before leaving.

Walk through the town

View of the town of Town of Hohenschwangau from the castle

Yes, we know that Hohenschwangau is very touristy. But at the same time, you can find some very old and pretty buildings here.

If you’re hungry, you can buy snacks down in the village. You can also find a few restaurants here. Keep in mind that they only cater to tourists. We didn’t try any of them, so we can’t tell you how good or bad they are. But from our experience, we recommend you to do like we did and go to Füssen to enjoy some excellent Bavarian food.

Visit Hohenschwangau Castle

View of Hohenschwangau Castle from the town

Do you see that yellow castle, towering just above the town?

That’s Hohenschwangau Castle, and we highly recommend that you visit.

Ludwig II and his younger brother Otto used to spend their holidays here, together with their parents. This is where Ludwig got the inspiration to build his own castle higher up in the mountains.

As multiple generations of the family used to live in Hohenschwangau, the castle is much more interesting to visit. We loved our guided tour here, as it was much more exciting and informative than the Neuschwanstein one.

Even though Hohenschwangau is not as popular as Neuschwanstein, we recommend that you book your tickets in advance. That way, you will have peace of mind, and you already know at what time your tour will start.

The tour takes around 45 minutes.

Swim in Lake Alpsee

View of the Lake Alpsee

If you visit Neuschwanstein on a hot summer day, consider packing your swimsuit. Next to Hohenschwangau, you can find Lake Alpsee. If you walk for ten minutes along the shore of the crystal-clear lake, you can find a spot where it’s possible to go for a swim.

Be warned that the water in the lake is always cold, even in summer. But it’s also very refreshing, especially on a hot summer day.

Visit the Museum of Bavarian Kings

We didn’t visit this museum, but if you have enough time and want to learn more about the Bavarian Kings, you should come here. You can find the Museum of Bavarian Kings down in town, just next to Lake Alpsee.

Where to stay near Neuschwanstein Castle

As we already mentioned above, the best town to stay in is Füssen. It’s cute with its traditional houses and a great base for exploring the area.

If you prefer (and especially if you only have one night and don’t want to do much else in the area), you can also stay in Hohenschwangau. From here, you are within walking distance to both castles and don’t have to worry about arriving early. Keep in mind, though, that Hohenschwangau is very touristy, so it might not be the best place to stay for everyone.

Where to stay in Hohenschwangau

We have done a lot of research and found the perfect hotel if you want to be as close to Neuschwanstein Castle as possible. Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein is just below the castle and you really can’t get any closer. Most rates include breakfast and you can find a restaurant in the hotel as well. Click here to find the latest prices and check availability for your stay.

Another option is Villa Ludwig Suite Hotel. This hotel is the best-rated option we could find in Hohenschwangau. It’s a bit more pricey than the Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein (Hohenschwangau in general is not a cheap place to stay), but it seems to be well worth it. Reviews mention the excellent breakfast and the friendly staff, so click here to find more information.

Where to stay in Füssen

If you’re travelling on a budget, you will find more options in Füssen than in Hohenschwangau. Maurushaus, for example, offers very affordable rooms. The host is extremely welcoming, so you should check out the latest rates and reviews yourself.

If you prefer to rent a whole apartment, look into Lucky Home Spitzweg Appartment. It’s located right in the pedestrian zone of Füssen, so it’s the perfect starting point for exploring this cute town. Click here to see availability and prices now.

When to visit Neuschwanstein Castle

View of Newschwanstein Castle from far away

You can visit Neuschwanstein Castle all year long. The hot summer months are great because you have the highest chances of having nice weather.

On the other hand, June until August are also busiest, so expect large crowds in and around the castles.

If you want to avoid the crowds, go in spring or autumn. You can expect mild temperatures and fewer people. Plus, with a bit of luck and the right timing, you might see Neuschwanstein before a backdrop of red and orange trees.

Or you could go in winter. Neuschwanstein Castle looks very special on snowy days. Just be careful not to slip on the paths! Also, keep in mind that the Bridge of Mary will be closed if it snows too much.

Quick summary

Close up of Hohenschwangau Castle

  • Make sure to book your ticket in advance, both for Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
  • Summer is the busiest time of the year. If you want to avoid crowds, come in winter or at least in spring or autumn.
  • You cannot take a train from Munich to Hohenschwangau. Instead, you have to go via Füssen and take a bus from here. If you’re travelling in a group, the Bayern Ticket will save you money.
  • Make sure to take enough sunscreen! It is very easy to burn on a sunny day.

We hope you enjoy Neuschwanstein Castle as much as we did. Yes, it’s very touristy, but it’s also very iconic and lots of fun to visit. Plus, if you get annoyed by the crowds, we have some useful advice on how to remove all those tourists from your photos.

If you’ve been to Neuschwanstein, please leave us a comment and let us know how you liked it!

Also, if you’re planning a trip to Germany, stay tuned. We have plenty of content already prepared that we’re going to publish over the next months. In the meantime, check out the following articles that you might find interesting:

Or take a look at all of our posts about Germany.

Until your next adventure!

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If you visit Ecuador, you will likely pass through Guayaquil. All flights to Galapagos leave from the Guayaquil airport. And if you arrive from Peru, it is a convenient stop to break up what would otherwise be an endless bus ride.

So if you have to come here anyway, why not turn this into a sightseeing stop?

With its colonial buildings, the Malecon, the hillside neighbourhoods and a mangrove island just off its coast, Ecuador’s biggest city is a great place for tourists. There are plenty of things to do in Guayaquil. If you are wondering what you shouldn’t miss, here are five of Guayaquil’s highlights:

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What do you know about Lithuanian cuisine? Not much? Then you’re just like us. Before coming to Lithuania, all we knew was that people there ate a lot of potatoes. I also assumed they’d eat fish in the coastal areas, but that was it.

During our time in Lithuania, we got to discover lots of amazing dishes. Yes, people here like to eat potatoes. They also eat meat, soups, herring and produce amazing cheese and honey. Oh, and the desserts. Did you know about the delicious Lithuanian desserts?

If you’re travelling to this Baltic country, don’t miss out on any of those amazing dishes.

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