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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 was lucky to have Laura as our Spanish-language guide, she was amazing and told us all about the castle and its history. Spanish tours are better, you get tons of info and smaller groups.
Jax was our tour guide and he has a great gift for story telling, he left us on the “edge of our seat!” He was easy going, helpful and very nice who even gave other recommendations for activities and restaurants to do in Munich. I would highly recommend him for other tours. Only issue was no hotel pickup and meet place was in a busy area, a little confusing to find.
Great tour. Christine was a fantastic guide, very informative and engaging. I learnt a lot. Well paced, felt like a good amount of time at each stop and well organised too, no waiting in queues! Would definitely recommend.
We thoroughly enjoyed our tour! Our guide was very knowledable and approachable with all our questions. The only comment would be that we would have preferred more time in Oberammergau as 1 hour was only enough time to stop for a cup of coffee at the highly rated cafe. It was wonderful coffee & cake, but would have also liked to see the town more.
The trip was just right. The journey by train was stunning and easy, we had plenty of time at the location and I learnt a lot. Thank you, sarah!