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If you're reading this, you probably already know that Bavaria's Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney's iconic castle. Here are five facts about King Ludwig II's dramatic palace that you probably don't know!
Ludwig grew up in Hohenschwangau, the medieval knights' castle that his parents owned. Ludwig's dreams of building a castle on the rugged hill above it began as early as childhood!
Upon first hearing Wagner, the teenage Prince Ludwig became a devoted patron. His dream palace was the stuff of the Germanic sagas in the great composer's operas!
Ludwig considered his vision too extraordinary to be realized by mere architects. Neuschwanstein was instead designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich!
Forced to abdicate by a frustrated cabinet, the popular but inattentive king was removed from his new home. The next day he went for a walk and was discovered dead hours later.
Ludwig was a reclusive king and had envisioned his dream palace to be a place of solitary refuge and reflection. Just seven weeks after his death it was opened to the public!
Neuschwanstein is open daily from March 28 to October 15 at 9:00AM until 6:00PM. From October 16 to March 27 it is open from 10:00AM until 4:00PM, except December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
There are several modest hotels and pensions in the Hohenschwangau area. Alternatively, Neuschwanstein is also just a day-trip away from Munich!
It's possible to walk up the hill from Hohenschwangau but it's quite a trek! You'd be better off choosing between the regular shuttle bus departing from outside the Schlosshotel Lisl on Neuschwansteinstraße, or the more expensive horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller on Alpseestraße. Note that both stop short of the castle for accessibility reasons, and the short walk from the shuttle bus stop might be too steep for the mobility impaired.
- When should I visit?March 28 to October 15, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, October 16 to March 27, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
- Is it expensive?Castle ticket prices start at 12€ for adults.
- Will I need a guide?*Your entrance ticket reserves you a tour spot. *
- How to get thereThe bus from the Schlosshotel Lisl or the horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller will drop you close to the castle.
- Additional informationNote that you will need to do some uphill walk, and be prepared! |
Book your tickets in advance! Tickets can sell out during peak times.
What people are saying about Neuschwanstein Castle
I'd read that the tour guide makes the tour on these, so I was a bit nervous. Suzanne was our tour guide and I'm probably misspelling that. But she was awesome. Super passionate, enthusiastic, and she tells stories, facts and tidbits all with an authentically joyous charm and wit. At each castle stop, we had separate guides within, who were great experts and described every chamber with a relish of interesting details. There were no language issues. Timing on the castle is important - be careful up there!
This day trip to the castles is great value for money, we had plenty of time to explore the areas in Linderhof, and then Neuschwanstein. A little tip - the best /variety spot (and best price.) to get lunch at Neuschwanstein is the bottom of the hill from the castle - there's a restaurant there with yummy German dough treats too
Our guide was very informative in giving us the background of the castle. It was a large group and he was respectful of all members of the group during the climb to the castle.
Our tour guide, Meike, was friendly and fun. The crowds were large, so it was nice having her get admission tickets for us. Directions were clear and concise and both castles do a masterful job of crowd management. I would definitely recommend the 2 castle tour since they were built by the same king.
Hunter was a fantastic and very knowledgeable guide. He made the history exciting and informative. The bike ride went through beautiful country side. The swimming spot was perfect. Lunch es delicious. Castle was great. Would recommend to everyone.