Schloss Neuschwanstein Travel Guide

  • View from Marienbrucke
    View from Marienbrucke
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  • Die Jugend Viewpoint
    Die Jugend Viewpoint
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  • The inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein Castle
    The inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein...
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Schloss Neuschwanstein Things to Do

  • Long range of castle from another...

    This is the other view of the castle-much different>it is of Hohenschwangaw which is in the main sector of the town and the pic is from a distance coming into the town.

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  • Winter Spectacular

    The fairytale castle even looks more appealing in winter with snow dusting the roof tops. Winter is good for pics. If Germans appreciated the site by allowing pics, it would help for reviewers and citizens are not so critical of pic taking.

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  • And then .... it is there - the castle...

    Important pdate, June 2015:According to Neuschwanstein Castle website, Marienbrücke will be closed for renovation from August 3, 2015 until most probably November 2015-----Yes, I admit that my little heart was beating when I walked up the hill after getting off the bus. Not from the rise but because I was about to see what I tried to neglect and...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Restaurants

  • 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 views of the castle, the mountains, the lake and the beautiful gardens are...

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  • A sugary treat....

    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...

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  • China Restaurant Asia

    the place was empty when we went, but food was good, yummy ,yummy. The toilets were funny , but other than that - I would definitely recommend the place if you are looking for reasonable price warm meal in the area.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Nightlife

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    Neuschwanstein in illumination

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    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.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Transportation

  • How to move up to Neuschwanstein Castle

    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...

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  • Arrving to and parking in Hohenschwangau

    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...

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  • How to get the Castle by horse-drawn...

    A lot of people prefer to get the castle by horse. We choused this way for our first arrival. Departure point: Hotel Muller, Alpseestrasse in Hohenschwangau. From the carriage stand at the castle it is about 300m - approximately a 5-minute walk - to the castle entrance. Tickets: Uphill journey: 5 € / Downhill journey: 2.50 €.You can watch my 1 min...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Shopping

  • Quality shopping unlimited :-)

    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...

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  • 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 Castles.It told me everything I needed to know about the Castle's and has 33...

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  • Souvenirs

    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!

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Local Customs

  • Swans everywhere - of course :-)

    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...

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  • Add your stone to the cairns in...

    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...

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  • Hohenschwangau's beautiful maypole

    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...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Warnings and Dangers

  • TICKETS!

    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...

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  • Renovations

    A big part of the facade is under renovation according to the Schlossverwaltung Neuschwanstein website until end of 2012, but more likely sometime in 2013.

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  • Drastic weather changes

    Within the span of 45 minutes it the weather changed from sunny to hail. This is due to the fact that the Alps can alter the patterns of the winds, and chill the air as it passes over the mountains. Also the valley can contain warm air, while colder air lingers above. Notice the differences in the sky in the various pictures. All taken within a 45...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Tourist Traps

  • Do yourself a favor - get tickets in...

    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...

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  • The prototype of a perfect tourist trap

    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...

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  • Tickets

    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...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein What to Pack

  • friends & lenses

    Though wheeled luggage has taken over, I still find a backpack is more handy, especially when trying to make train connections. Steps are more easily taken sans wheels and you will find there are many times when there just isn't an elevator or the escalator is only going in the opposite direction from the way you're trying to go! Comfortable shoes...

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  • Good shoes, sunscreen, water and a hat

    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...

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Off The Beaten Path

  • The Pollat Stream

    We advise you not to be limited only going to Marienbrucke. After admiring beautiful view at Neuschwanstein go downstairs to see wonderful Pollat water stream! 75 meters of water falls deserves close watching.From the Pollat Canyon, where water roars it's music; the Castle appeared so silent and quiet - like a sleeping Giant.You can watch my 3 min...

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  • Don't miss St. Coloman Church

    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...

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  • Fussen

    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.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Sports & Outdoors

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    SPORTS??

    by truus_s Updated Jun 12, 2003

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    Description: WHEN IT IS A RAINY DAY.. GO to the sauna
    Address: KONIGLICH KRISTALL-THERME SCHWANGAU
    Phone: 08362-819630
    Website: WWW.KRISTALLBAEDER.DE

    SAUNA!!
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Schloss Neuschwanstein Favorites

  • Go to the bathroom before you move up!

    When one has to go, one has to go. That’s natural. But I found that it is better to look for bathrooms before moving up to the castle. The bottleneck for visiting the castle is the courtyard, where we all have to wait until our tour starts. There is a bathroom located here, in the entrance arch. But it only has two toilets (the one for girls), so...

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  • Viewpoints - we all want THE photos,...

    Important pdate, June 2015:According to Neuschwanstein Castle website, Marienbrücke will be closed for renovation from August 3, 2015 until most probably November 2015-------We all want these gorgeous photos of Neuschwanstein Castle and its surroundings. Don’t we? And it is easy to be successful, in any kind of weather. When I was there early July...

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  • on making the best of the best case...

    My seething eased down and though I was still upset, I was mostly mad at myself for not only losing my temper but for my poor preparation. I felt bad for them but I had to admit that I would have rather done what I did than let my father stand for two hours in this heat. After some time, they offered my sister a seat and eventually she gave up...

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