Ludwig of Bavaria had this built starting 1868 and finished the work in 1886. He only lived there for one year and then died, but left a legacy. This and the other palaces he had built in a 40 year period caused the region he ruled to go bankrupt. They were out of money, and he had drained the finances dry to build hi monuments to himself.
It is open daily 8-5 for in season and 3Pm in winter months. Fee is 12 Euro, or a combo with Hohenschwangau for 28,50, or with museum for 19,50. No reservations except for a day ahead. Time slots are critical to get in on the hour. Tour lasts 25 minutes, and only the 3 & 4th floors are shown. The 2nd floor never got finished and now is shops/retail
This is near the base of Hohenschwangau and next to the Alpsee at the end of the street. Cost is 8,50 Euro and it is open 9-5 daily. You can purchase a combo ticket for 19,50 Euro that includes tickets to one of the castles also; not much of a knock off price from 20,50 separate.
The museum is not much to brag about. Called the museum of Bavarischen Konige (kings), it has a cloak of Ludwig, porcelain pieces, jewelry, and pictures of rulers, and a history of the Wittelsbachs
Since pictures are forbidden, these came from a booklet on the palaces. The inside, like the outside was the brainchild of Ludwig to dedicate his dream to the theater, and underlying that Richard Wagner operas.
During the 17 years from beginning of construction and his death in 1886, he only stayed here 6 months in total., and the interior was never finished. The throne room is without a throne. The throne room was designed by Edward Ille and Julius Hoffman, which was inspired by Hagia Sophia. It got completed in 1886, the year Ludwig died. The room has decorated half dome arches, and the painting is of 12 Apostles, with below them 6 holy kings of the time. The Dining room is carved oak with paintings surrounding the room. The bedroom and canopy are also intricately carved oak in Neo Gothic style. They had 14 woodcarvers working over 14 years on this room, and the bed is said to be the most detail intricate in the world. Singers' Hall was designed by Julius Hoffman, and takes up an entire 4th floor.
This picture is from the bridge, and about 1 mile away. Buses take you to the bridge, or you could walk a steep 1+ mile trek to get there. The views are great on a good day. There is a trail down to the gorge and it is slippery according to literature on the subject.
From the bridge to the castle there is a steep trail that can take you there.
Called Disneyland Sleeping Beauty Castle because they replicated it on the US continent. It started in 1868 to be built, and took until nearly 1886, and King Ludwig's death to finish. The castle opened to the public shortly thereafter to pay for the oppulant money spent on this dream. It employed many of the local people for a couple of decades, and at the end still had 200 laborers. It has 400,000 bricks and almost 500 tons of marble erected.
DON'T MISS THIS VIEWPOINT!
Next to the Kiosk on the way down the hill, to the right is a wonderful view-point that overlooks the valley below and the town of Schwangau. There are seats and telescope's for viewing. Beautiful!
On arrival, I first went to Marienbruck bridge to view the Castle and to see the waterfalls.
From there, I saw the start of the falls, but to see the biggest section, the best view is before entering the Neuschwanstein Castle. Take a look over the edge!
I was looking directly into the Poellat Gorge and the 149 feet Poellat waterfalls that are below the bridge.
As I mentioned previously, I wasn't able to do the tour of the inside of the Castle because of time constraints. This didn't matter, as I had seen this Castle many times on Travel documentaries.
On the outside, I did find some some impressive looking heads staring down at me! [see photo1]
I walked up to the entry gate and passed through the Arch into the courtyard. Here, already, many people were waiting for tours! I walked around in awe of the massive size of this Castle!
I took some photo's and then was on my way.
Once again, if you do the 30 minute tour, NO PHOTO'S ARE ALLOWED INSIDE THE CASTLE
I always find this disappointing, photo's are good for the memory.
I had visited two of other King Ludwig II's castles, and from the book I bought of Newschwanstein, this Castle inside is entirely different to the other two!
After coming back from Marienbrucke, we took the trail that led to Neuschwanstein Castle. Quite a nice walk, and on the way is the Die Jugend Viewpoint.
We stopped here, and found an incredible view of Hohenschwangau Castle and many lakes and great scenery. A good place for a rest if you are heading back up hill from Neuschwantstein to catch the Bus!
We caught the Bus which took us to where the trails begin for Neuschwanstein Castle and Marienbruck.
On alighting from the Bus, you should 1st walk to here, and then to the Castle. We did this short walk to the 304 ft high Bridge that spans the Gorge. This bridge is actually older than Neuschwanstein, and was a technical masterpiece for its time. It was named after Queen Mary, the mother of Ludwig II [Princess of Prussia.]
This is probably where most of the photo's of the Castle are taken, as the view from here is excellent!
Don't forget to look on the other side of the bridge, as here are two waterfall's that have carved their way through the rock and down under the bridge for its onward journey.
• Adults : 12 €
• Students, isitors over 65 years of age and disabled visitors when
showing valid identification :8 €
• Groups, at least 15 members : 8€
• Children under 18 years of age : free
• Pupils with school card : free
April 01 - September 30
Monday to Sunday 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM
October 01 - March 31
Monday to Sunday 9:00 AM until 3:00 PM
You will receive detailed information on possible entrance times to the Royal Castles in the Ticket-Center. You will receive tickets with time of entrance to the castle noted on the ticket. This is the time when you are required to be at the turnstile where the Castle entrance is. Your ticket is only valid on the same day for the tour specified.
You need to remember that castle is located on the nountain, where you need to go about 30 - 40 minut by feet for getting there . But you can also try to get there by shuttle-bus and the horse carriages.
From Müller Hotel
Uphill: 6.00 €
Downhill: 3.00 €
Uphill: 1.80 €
Downhill: 1.00 €
Return: 2.60 €
In fact, this is what you see while inside the castle's first court (on the windows), you see the back of the entrance, but it looks the same from the outside :)
One important thing: You can order the tickets online using the link below
April - September: 9 am - 6 pm
Cash desk open from 7.30 am
October -March: 10 am - 4 pm
Cash desk open from 9 am
Closed on the following days:
1.1., Shrove Tuesday, 24.12., 25.12., 31.12.
Schlosswirtschaft (restaurant), tel. +49 - (0) 83 62 - 8 11 10;
open every day
Adult admission: 8.00 €
Concession: 7.00 €
Combination ticket "Königsticket" for Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle on the same day:
15.00 € or 13.00 € concession
The only way to see Neuschwanstein is with a guided tour. It is really worthwhile - and you learn a lot!!!
Neuschwanstein is the dream come true of the ideals and longings of Ludwig II. The castle was not designed for royal representation, but as a place of retreat. Here Ludwig II escaped into a dream world – the poetic world of the Middle Ages. They were inspired by the operas of Richard Wagner, to whom the king dedicated the castle.
There are pictures of three main figures on the walls: the poet Tannhäuser, the swan knight Lohengrin and his father, the Grail King Parzival . These were Ludwig's models and you can find them throughout the castle.
In Neuschwanstein the Middle Ages were only an illusion: behind the medieval appearance the latest technology was in operation and every comfort was ensured - like central heating, running water and even an automatic flushing system in the bathrooms! The king used an electric bell system to call his servants and adjutants. On the third and fourth floors there were even telephones.
One of the special features of the castle is the large window panes. Windows of this size were still unusual even in Ludwig II's day.
My friends refused to go with me into the castle and stated that one visit of the interior is far more than enough and preferred to have a beer while I was in the castle and now I can even understand them. I would not do it myself for a second time....
The German language has the word "Kitsch" which is difficult to translate into other languages but a visit of the interior of Neuschwanstein gives you the idea of the meaning of this word whatever your native language might be.
It is strictly forbidden to take pictures inside but that is not a great loss.