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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
It was a great tour. I enjoyed the history and the countryside was just beautiful. The views from the Castle were breathtaking. Carlos was a wonderful tour guide and lots of fun.
The tour and the tour guide were simply great! We didn´t have to worry about anything and could fully enjoy the day. The tour guide knew a lot about the history of the Castle and King Ludwig II. and even gave us a tip for a viewing Point we could never have found otherwise - it was beautiful! He also helped us in advance to get from Füssen to Hohenschwangau. I can only highly recommend the tour!
Love the guide Love the time allocated to each destination and love the history and german briefing the guide is a-class!!
Enjoyed the bus trip, with a safe, careful driver and a very good host/guide. The village of Fussen is charming, and the views of and from the castle simply breathtaking.
A great experience overall. The tour guide Barbara was extremely helpful and knowledgeable. The bus driver was also a very nice man who drove very professionally with no issues. The two castle visit was beautiful as it was snowing which made the trip even more magical. The coach was very spacious and comfortable. My only criticism is not even with GYG but one of the eateries at the main castle.. he served my wife raw chicken but apologised and changed this without issue.