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

  • 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 away and enjoy the tour. Take all the photos you want of the exterior of...

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  • The Alpsee

    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 water of the lake. Ducks and swans gracefully glide over the lake. It can be...

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  • 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, the bridge was built in 1866 and stretches across the gorge near the castle. The bridge is 304 feet high and not only provides wonderfully romantic views of the castle,...

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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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    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

  • By train and bus to Neuschwanstein

    From anywhere in (southern) Bavaria take a Bayernticket € 23 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. The ticket includes the bus (73 and 78) to the Neuschwanstein ticket office...

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  • 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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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

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    by Trekki Updated Sep 10, 2013

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
    (photo: Marienbrücke)

    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?.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Off The Beaten Path

  • 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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  • Great view form JUGEND

    Jugend is place where you will get another great view for making photos. From there you will see a nice view on Hohenschwangau castle and wonderful view of Alps mountains and lakes behind it.This view point is located near Marien Brucke when you getting down. Also it is favorite place of King Ludving II.

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Schloss Neuschwanstein Sports & Outdoors

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    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

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

    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 2013 I was blessed with sunshine and blue sky, but I imagine that the castle and surroundings would also look marvellous in misty weather.The good news is also that by now...

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  • Castle tour: make online reservation –...

    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...

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  • King Ludwig II - enlightened and...

    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...

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Inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein
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Singers Hall
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And then .... it is there - the castle :-)
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Throne room
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Neuschwanstein Castle: photo & video taking policy
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Peaceful and picturesque Alpsee
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Castle Interiors
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Visiting the castle as daytrip arriving by plane?
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Go to the bathroom before you move up!
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Nice arrangements for up to 4 days possible :-)
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The roaring and rushing Pöllat River & gorge
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Neuschwanstein Castle
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Neuschwanstein is the greatest
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Wittelsbach Museum
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Marienbrucke view of the Castle-Mary's Bridge
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Neuschwanstein Castle
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VIEW POINT
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POELLAT WATERFALLS
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THE CASTLE!
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DIE JUGEND VIEWPOINT NEUSCHWANSTEIN TRAIL
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MARIENBRUCKE
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NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE
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FUSSEN TO HOHENSCHWANGAU
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Ludwig II's dream
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