It's too beautiful to look away
The most intense concentration of Kitsch in the world
Disney meets King Ludwig II
This beautiful room is used for performances by musicians and playwrights. The King Ludwig built Singers Hall for his friend Richard Wagner as a place to write and perform plays. Unfortunately the King Ludwig died before watching any performance in this Hall. The Hall precedes the entire 4th floor of the castle it is a copy of the Minstrels Hall of...more
Important update, September 20, 2013:Marienbrücke also belongs to Neuschwanstein Castle and hence to the Bavarian Palace Department. Public sharing of castle photos taken from Marienbrücke is also not allowed, hence I have removed them. Taking photos for private use is allowed though.Yes, I admit that my little heart was beating when I walked up...more
In any case, I highly recommend visiting the Museum of Bavarian Kings before moving up to the castle. It is located close to Alpsee, nearby the parking P4 and in operation since end of 2011. The idea of the museum is to provide visitors with background about Wittelsbach family or House of Wittelsbach, one of Europe’s oldest dynasties. Maximilian...more
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 views of the castle, the mountains, the lake and the beautiful gardens are...more
This is a wonderful cafe on the downhill walk from the Castle which is fabulous for a coffee and cake or an ice cream before heading back to Hohenschwangau. A feature of the establsihment is a street stall set up in front of the cafe which sells some wonderful little treats that are reminiscent of deep fried donuts. They are filled with a sort of...more
With approach of the evening tourists usually leave Hohenschwangau and silence and calmness come in this small village. Only Neuschwanstein majestically towers above the area as the white swan conceived by the mad king.
We recommend to stay in Hohenschwangau before the dark falling and to admire the castle in illumination. It is simple enough. But it's even more emphasizes the beauty of the castle, its mystery and greatness.
Visitors have three options to move up to the castle: own feet, a bus or a carriage. In winter during critical weather conditions such as ice and snow there are only two possibilities because the busses don’t run then. For visitors it is not allowed to drive up to the castle! [The cars parking uphill belong to the castle employees and the ones of...more
I visited Neuschwanstein Castle by car – very easy. Although there are four big car parks in total, I believe that it can get crowded during the very high season, so check beforehand where the car parkings are located so that you can move easily in case the closest ones are full. Despite the outstanding organisation of castle tours and ticketing I...more
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 horse-drawn carriage is certainly the most romantic and fun, but there are...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
Swans were considered a symbol of purity in the old cultures. And swans were part of the coat of arms of the Nobles of Schwangau, former inhabitants of Hohenschwangau Castle in approx.12th century. Max II, King of Bavaria, father of Ludwig II, liked the old legends with Parsival and his son, Lohengrin being his favourite. Thus he had the dining...more
Once I arrived at the bottom of Pöllatschlucht (Pöllat Gorge), I saw a huge field of cairns and kids piling up their stones. I found that this is a very nice custom, to say that one was here and to show connectivity to the place without doing rude and criminal graffiti anywhere inside or outside of the castle, Usually cairns are meant to be...more
Located in a central position of Hohenschwangau village, on the way from ticket centre to Museum of Bavarian Kings and Alpsee is its maypole. It is really beautiful and characterises the village and its significant businesses. Like a maypole does, throughout Bavaria and many other regions in Germany.However, Bavarian maypoles are special because...more
We arrived at the car park early so we could get tickets easily to see Neuschwanstein Castle.I had previously read vt tips about buying online, but as we were travelling and not knowing where and when we were going to be here, and not having computer access, we decided to come early to buy the tickets at the Ticket box.Well, it didn't work out like...more
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 time of the year. I’ve been twice in September, once in late August, and once...more
We got tickets in advance with a preset time, however, we got to the town well in advance (more than one hour before our time). Skipping the line we went straight to the reservations. We were offered to take another tour so we would not need to wait that long. Which was great. Gave us enough time to grab something to eat but we did not have to wait...more
There are maybe only few tourist traps around the world as perfect as Neuschwanstein. You can see the great setting of the castle in the surrounding nature - which is the one and only really magnificent thing there - free of charge except of the fee for the outrageousely overpriced parking. So pack as many people as you can into the car when...more
Achtung Achtung! There's one trap in Neuschwanstein (and I don't mean the castle itself here ;). You have to buy your ticket for a tour at the bottom of the hill in Hohenschwangau before you go up to the castle. So if you want to go on the tour inside the castle you have to stand in line with a lot of other people to get a ticket at the...more
In any case, wear shoes with a good grip. Despite the busses or carriages that bring people up to the castle, “up” is not in front of the castle entrance. Walking is involved anytime, slightly uphill and slightly downhill. And of course the tour inside leads up and down stairs. High heels are not a good idea. Especially since the castle owner will not be held to account for sprained ankles.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Given possible long waiting times in the castle courtyard, it might be a good idea to bring sunscreen and a hat. Although there is a small waiting area with benches inside, on crowded days this will quickly be full. Apart from this little room and the entrance archway there isn’t much shade especially during midday.
Miscellaneous: You might also like to bring water. From the moment one leaves the area around the ticket centre until the end of the castle tour there is no possibility to buy refreshments. There is Schloßrestaurant Neuschwanstein, but that’s downhill from the castle. And there is the cafeteria inside of the castle, but that is also after the tour ends.
(Continue here =>) And finally some considerations regarding a question which is asked in our forum several times: Can we visit the castle just after arriving by plane?.
In case you come by car, make sure you don’t miss the charming church of St. Coloman, to the east of Schwangau village. Visitors arriving from the east or north will pass it anyhow because the sign “Königsschlösser”/”Royal Castles” will lead past it. I saw this little church first in 2011, when I passed Schwangau and loved it because of the...more
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 near the top of the mountain to the restaurant that was a former hunting...more
Fussen is a charming little town in Bavaria and its located 5 kilometers from the Austrian border. This little town become interesting because castle Heuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. It is 700 year old town and very popular destination for a weekend because it is located in the heart of Alpine region.more
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So you want to visit Neuschwanstein Castle? Fine! But that’s what approximately 6000 (in words: six thousand) people per day do too. Consequently it is a bit crowded to say least. Although Neuschwanstein’s management is highly efficient and outstandingly organised (hello corporate companies – they are to be your benchmark), they just cannot fit...more
For sure, King Ludwig II is the best known German worldwide, with millions of people visiting his castles every year. Outside of Germany he is often being called “Mad King”, which makes me furious and sad because it is based on the thirsty sensationalism of tabloids already since ages, and obviously fuelled by “journalists” and “authors” who just...more
So we’ve bought our tickets, have made your way uphill and reached the castle courtyard. It most probably will be crowded but it is still easy to see the electronic board or monitor where the upcoming tour numbers and entries are displayed. And again there is a sign that tells about the rules: no photos, no smoking, no videos, no dogs, no mobiles,...more