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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
GYG is an outstanding service. My guests to Germany were thoroughly impressed. Our guide, Oleg, was extremely informative, knowledgeable, and personable. His enthusiasm and joviality were contagious. My guests said that I am to keep this process the same for other family members that are planning to come out to Germany. I will definitely be using GYG services again. Thank you
To our pleasant surprise, we traveled in a comfortable van that fit 7 persons. Our guide Mario was fluent in English, informative, and entertaining. Because we were traveling in a smaller vehicle than a tour bus, Mario was able to show us several small towns and villages in Bavaria. A visit to the Castle was special but Mario helped make the trip truly memorable.
We purchased two tickets thinking that we would be taking a train but no...got a bus. Got to be at the departure site 15 minutes before departure. Then sat ring in the miserable cold, told we would go by bus. And although everyone was accounted for, we didn't leave until 10:00. Miserable trip and never saw Neuschwanstein castle.
We got picked up and dropped off at our AirBnB which was great. Our tour consisted of a couple stops on the way to check out a few churches and a bakery. At Neuschwanstein castle, our tour guide Armin (apologies if misspelled) had made preparations to get our tickets already. All we had to do was get in line to get a bus ride up and we took carriage down based on his recommendations. We then visited a Bavarian cheese farm and had a cheese/meat board and beer. The place had amazing views and was very peaceful and quiet. Armin was very knowledgeable and made for good conversation talking about German history, or anything we had questions about. The only part I would change is the ability to just prepay for the castle tickets online. I knew castle tickets and light lunch was not included but when we paid at the end, we had to dig around for cash. Either ability to prepay more upfront or pay a small percentage more via credit card at the end would be nice. All in all, an amazing tour!
We went on this Radius tour with husband and we were amazed the castle and Alpes - breathtaking! Thanks to our gide Anna, we heard a lot of interesting information, fun facts and overall, felt taken care of