King Ludwig II and Neuschwanstein Castle sell. Very good! Consequently, there are almost unlimited shopping possibilities, from cheap kitsch to high value goods. Around the ticket centre the shops sell all kinds of things, from postcards to posters, from cheap mugs to snow globes. But in the official shops, hosted by the Bavarian Palace Administration, the quality of the goods is significantly better. And of course, quality comes with a price – the items based on the ideas of KulturGutAG (translates into culture asset) are not cheap. But they are made based on motifs found in the Bavarian castles, such as the swan motif from the bedroom in Neuschwanstein Castle, @Brendareed shows in her review, or the laquer doors in Pagodenburg in Nymphenburg’s park. It seems that the visions of KulturGutAG come even according to an interview I’ve read.
For the time being I only bought cookie cutters with the castle silhouette, for 7,50 Euro. They come in the colours of red, blue and white. When I was back at the car I realised that I forgot to buy one of the posters with this magic winter views of the castle and a DVD about all the Bavarian Royal Castles, but there will be a next time.
The quality shops are inside of the castle (two shops to be precise, which are accessible after the castle tour) and in the Museum of Bavarian Kings.
In addition to the website of KulturGutAG’s website the site of Royal Castle of Bavaria provides online shopping, however with emphasis on printed media and DVDs.
(Continue here =>) A fascinating way back to the car park, bus or the village in general is the hike through Pöllatschlucht.
© Ingrid D., July 2013 (so please do not copy my text or photos without my permission).
As with any well visited attraction there are countless shops to sell you just about any kind of trinket with a photo of the castle on it. I’ve browsed through some of the shops and find that overall the prices are very reasonable; the vendors don’t seem to feel the need to gouge you on their wares.
The shops in the castles are my favorite though as the items are a higher quality. At the end of the castle tour of Neuschwanstein, you will be led through two shops within the castle walls before you exit the building. If you didn’t see anything in there that you wanted, there are plenty of shops along the road to the castle and in the ticket office area and the parking areas. You have no excuse if you want to buy something and don’t – they give you plenty of opportunities.
I typically do not buy souvenirs as my photos are my reminders of my trips, but every now and then something strikes me and I buy it. The last time I took the tour of the castle, I eyed a beautiful blue pillow with a swan and the Bavarian crest on it, but I didn’t buy it at the time. Disappointed later that I didn’t get it, I asked my daughter to pick it up for me on her tour to the castle, which she did and the pillow now sits in my living room as a reminder Bavaria.
I recommend that you make your purchases after you have done the climb and tour of the castle so you don’t have to carry your packages with you up the hill.
And, if for some reason, you get home and still long for that item you did not get, you can purchase some of the nicer items and books from the castle's website listed below.
Just a short walk downhill from the Castle in the opposite direction to the Bus stop, are some Souvenir stalls and Kiosk.
Having a look here, I found the prices comparable with elsewhere.
What I did buy, is the small, light-weight book on Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles.
It told me everything I needed to know about the Castle's and has 33 original photo's. Cost was about 3 euro.
Now I have memories of my visit to Neuschwanstein Castle!
As in every tourist spot you can buy postcards, books and everything with Schloß Neuschwanstein on it in the souvenir shops inside the castle and outside!