Our room (12) was large, comfy and airy. It was something like being in your own home but in Bavaria. The family members that run the Kleiner Konig are friendly, basically conversant in English, and helpful with restaurant suggestions, walks, and things to do in the area (besides the obvious castle exploring). Breakfast is very good and substantial enough to sustain one for the first half of the day with eggs and fresh breads and pastries and yogurts and fruits and cheeses and meats. As you would expect in rural Germany, Kleiner Konig is impeccably clean and kept up. The hotel, really more bed and breakfast, is about 5 minutes drive from Fussen and about the same from Neuschwanstein castle. Without the castles this area would probably only receive very light and mostly domestic tourism, but with the castles it can seem suffocating during the day as planet earth descends from the buses. Fortunately there are actually plenty of other reasons to give the area a couple of days including hiking, biking, walking, the lakes, the countryside, and Fussen itself. My daughter and I took a lovely jog along the bike/walk path that is just outside the hotel and ended up beside one of those lakes. It was a beautiful way to start the morning before the onslaught of the tour buses. Because of Neuschwanstein the checklist tourism is on full display here during the day. Do yourself a favor, whether you come in on train or car, stay the evening and catch the sights with fewer people. The castle is best either first thing in the morning when it all opens up or late afternoon when the residual of the invasion is still around, but is rapidly diminishing and racing for the tour busses. By seeing it at those times (and you can get your tickets online if you want to go inside the castles... but honestly it is the outside and the dramatic setting that is the draw and unless you have never seen the inside of a castle I would skip it in favor of hiking the trails or wandering the countryside) you might get to have some time where your primary activity is not trying to get a photo without a bunch of other people in it, or tripping over the ice cream licking hordes. If you give this area an overnighter rather than a quick hit-and-run from Munchen you will get to feel the calmer, softer, slower character of southern Germany with the awesome beauty of the Alpine foothills, grassy fields and farmlands, and rich blue lakes that wiser German tourists come here to enjoy. Away from the castles this is terrific location to slow down a little. (On the way to get gas in the early morning "traffic," three cars, I was stopped as a herd of cattle crossed the road in town and strolled out to pasture.)
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