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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 there
- The bus from the Schlosshotel Lisl or the horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller will drop you close to the castle.
- Additional information
- Note 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
Mario was prompt and agreeable. He took care of all details and ensured that we had a great time. Everything happened seamlessly as per the tour advice and with no stress for us. It was great to be looked after in a small group - four of us and a couple from the States. It was good to see a bit of rural Bavaria as well as the famous Neuschwanstein castle without all the hassle. I recommend Mario and Pure Bavarian Tours to other travelers.
The bus ride was relaxing, while we had just enough time and Linderhof followed by enough time at Neuschwanstein. The gave us enough time to relax, do the tour(s) and have something to eat. If you are fit, you can half the time theu suggest of walking up to the castle. The guide (in this case Laura), was very friendly and informative.
Would highly recommend this tour. The guides Patrick and Werner were both very informative and friendly. They really made it a fun day for the entire group. Lots of flexibility and freedom to do your own thing and explore. Very well organised in terms of getting to the castle and getting around. Very impressed.
Loved the two castles of Ludwig II. Really fascinating insights provided by the guide and beautiful countryside. Tour could perhaps skip Oberammergau and spend more time at the two castles. Hanni was a brilliant tour guide, very funny and knowledgable. Five stars!
Very good tour. Punctual, spacious bus, knowledgeable guide (Suzanne). Best way to see both castles will seeing some countryside of Bavaria. Was able to see things I would not have been otherwise capable of seeing since I was not going to rent a car.