Schloss Neuschwanstein Travel Guide
View from Marienbrucke
View from Marienbrucke
Die Jugend Viewpoint
The inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein...
Waterfalls at Marienbrucke
Beautiful buildings and surrounding areas
The most intense concentration of Kitsch in the world
In a nutshell
Disney meets King Ludwig II
It was worth going there to see the Castle. My curiosity got the best of me when we got to Bavaria. Located on top of a hill in Schwangau, this was the residence of the reclusive King Ludwig of Bavaria. Construction began in 1868, the architect was Eduard Reidel. Words can...
Inside Neuschwanstein Castle
The interior of Neuschwanstein castle is King Ludwig II’s fantasy, designed with Richard Wagner’s operas in mind. It is opulent and rich and a bit overboard (really, does one need a fake grotto in one’s house?). But if you’ve made it this far, then you really should take the...
Inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein
Chances are that by the time you get to the inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein Castle, you will be looking for a place to sit and relax after the climb you just made. However, take a few moments to enjoy the inner courtyard because you will not be returning here at the end of...
Marienbrücke: a bridge with a view
The Marienbrücke, or Mary’s Bridge, is where many of those classic photos of Neuschwanstein Castle are taken. Named after Queen Mary, mother of King Ludwig II who built the castle, it was built in 1866 and stretches across the gorge near the castle. The bridge is 304 feet...
At the end of the road from the ticket office and the parking lot is the Alpsee, a lake that is in a marvelous setting in the mountains. This is the lake that you see from the top of the hill at Neuschwanstein Castle. On a clear sunny day, the mountains reflect in the calm...
Where to take good photos
On a good day, this area is a photographer’s delight! The beauty of the landscape and the interesting details of the castles make it fun for anyone to take photos. First things first – NO photos are allowed inside either of the castles. Don’t even try it. Just put the camera...
Tickets and tours
First things first – be sure to get your tickets BEFORE you head up the hill to the castle because they don’t sell tickets at the top of the hill. There is a building dedicated to ticket sales and, in the busy times, the lines can be long. However, I have found that the...
The beergarden at Füssen's Musical Theatre: Great views
This is one of the most scenic terrace cafes/beergardens I have ever had the pleasure to visit. It's located directly at Forggensee as it's part of Festspielhaus Neuschwanstein, the Musical theatre opposite Schloss Neuschwanstein where the show "Ludwig 2" is on. Fntastic...
Up, up, up…getting to the top
There are three primary ways visitors get to the top of the hill for their Neuschwanstein tour – walk, take the bus, or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. While walking is the cheapest (free!), some are not able or willing to make the 30 minute walk up hill. Riding in a...
Parking at the castle
If you are driving, don’t expect to get a parking space in front of the castle; there aren’t any to be had. In fact, don’t expect to get a parking space anywhere near the castle. They are all located at the bottom of the hill and a healthy walk from the start of the...
Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle by train
If you take the train, you would arrive at the Füssen train station and then catch one of the local buses to the castle area. Once in Füssen, catch the RVA/OVG 73 bus in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen or the RVA/OVG 78 bus in the direction to Schwangau,...
Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle by car
Each time I have been to Neuschwanstein Castle (four times so far) we have driven our car and parked at the nearby lots. On my most recent visit, we drove to the castle, but I took the train from Füssen home.Driving is very simple and the signs clearly lead you to the...
By train and bus to Neuschwanstein
From anywhere in (southern) Bavaria take a Bayernticket € 22 for one person and up to 4 more persons for € 4 more for each if you buy at a DB ticket machine, travel anywhere with regional trains in Bavaria from 9 am (and from midnight on weekends) to 3 am the following day....
Castle shops: getting those Neuschwanstein souvenirs
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...
Souvenirs & kiosk: Books
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...
Did someone mention crowds?
According to Neuschwanstein Castle’s website, on the busiest days in the summer the castle have up to 6,000 people on the tours (in one day!). That’s a lot of people! What does that mean for you?Most importantly, if your schedule is flexible, try to go during a different...
We arrived at the car park early so we could get tickets easily to see Newschwanstein Castle.Well, it didn't work out like that! In June, at 9.30am, there wasn't even a queue at the ticket office, something I didn't expect at any time of the year. Before heading to a window...
Hiking to Tegelberg
If you have been the Neuschwanstein before or are looking for a new way to explore a well traveled route, then consider hiking from the village of Schwangau to the castle by way of Tegelberg mountain. You can begin at the Tegelberg cablecar in Schwangua which will take you...
Graceful swans on the lake
I love swans. I’m just drawn to them although I’m not sure why. I think they are some of the most graceful creatures on the planet. And the lake near Neuschwanstein castle has swans in it. After all, Neuschwanstein’s theme is a swan!The swans are beautiful as they gracefully...
Bathrooms – WC – Toiletten
While there are bathrooms around Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, they are not well advertised and when you do find them they are usually crowded – although some more than others. Here are the ones that I’ve found in my visits to the area:1. Near the main parking area...
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