En-route to the castles we stopped at Oberammergau (of Passion Play fame) and got to enjoy the pretty painted houses for which it is also famed. And I saw this lovely couple dressed in traditional gear so had to grab their phone -they were very nice about it and they are so cute.
While I was doing my castles tour I decided to stay overnight in Hoheschwangau which gave me more time to walk in the local area. There is a small (by Bavarian standards) like 5 minutes from the town centre which took about two hours to circumnavigate. There are points along the walk that you can see both Hoheschwangau and Neueschwanstein castle at the same time – virtually impossible elsewhere. So pretty.