Munich Monday: Hiking behind Neuschwantstein
Parking: Depending on the time of year, you can park in the paid lot (€5/day) or you can park along the road that leads into the village. From your car follow signs for Marianbrüke.
Trail: The hike is pretty straight forward--get to the Marianbrüke or bridge behind the castle, cross it and stay on the trail that zigzags it's way to the top of the mountain. Follow the red/white/red stripe that is painted on rocks and trees heading towards the Tegelberg.
Time: Allow 3 hours
Difficulty: Medium--if you stay on the zig zag path you will gently climb the mountain, however more direct (and steep) paths have been beat into the ground. We encountered families on the trail.
Tegelbergbahn: Once at the top you will see there is a world of hiking options available to you. Keep going or sit and have lunch at the Tegelbergbahn cafe which affords stunning views and "good enough" food. We chose to save some time by taking the bergbahn back down the mountain (€12). From the bottom, we walked about a mile back to the parking lot.