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
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Schloss Neuschwanstein Things to Do

  • Neuschwanstein tours

    It would be nice if you could separate the castle that is Neuschwanstein from its physical setting, from its madcap prince builder, from its Disney silhouette but you can't. If you could, I am not entirely sure that it would garner so much attention. I think anyone would agree it would not get as much. As it is, you have a very pretty castle in an...

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  • enjoy the castle from afar for the best...

    You don't really have to go inside to have an enjoyable visit. To be honest, the setting is what really makes this place special and you can wander around outside for free and get the best views the castle has to offer. Do understand that this is a mountainous area and it's quite physical walking around the castle's surroundings. The Marienbrücke...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle

    Hohenschwangau Castle is an attraction until itself but with its close proximity, it is generally visited while in the area to see its more famous cousin, Neuschwanstein. To be perfectly honest, it's the first thing you really see when you get off the bus in the small town of Hohenschwangau and with its somewhat garish yellow paint job and awkward...

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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

  • the Bavaria ticket

    Neuschwanstein is located in the town of Hohenschwangau, roughly 120 kilometers southwest of Munich in Bavaria. This is a gorgeous area of rolling hills, pristine lakes that leads into the Alps. It's certainly an intriguing area to drive in but be forewarned that traffic can be a problem in season, especially on weekends. It is easily reached by a...

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  • 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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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

  • 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

  • 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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  • trainseatpotting

    I think the best thing about Neuschwanstein is its setting. In fact, we hadn't reserved a ticket to do a tour and to be honest, none of us was all that bothered about it. The view of the castle from the Marienbrücke is by far the best and probably the thing that sticks with most people long after they've returned home. A few weeks before my...

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  • who was I to be tired?

    It was too hot to walk up as I had done on previous visits to we opted for the bus and soon were on the trail to the swing bridge that affords the best views of the castle. This short trail was steep but thankfully it was blanketed in shade and fairly cool. The bridge was a zoo with people clamoring for the best spots for that ever important...

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pushing me over the edge
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Museum of Bavarian Kings - very informative!
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King Ludwig II - enlightened and creative
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Castle tour: make online reservation – or wait
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Viewpoints - we all want THE photos, don't we?
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Where to take good photos
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The Alpsee
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Marienbrücke: a bridge with a view
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Rooms in the castle - what you see on the tour
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Inside Neuschwanstein Castle
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Inner courtyard of Neuschwanstein
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Tickets and tours
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Singers Hall
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And then .... it is there - the castle :-)
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The castle - that's what we came for, didn't we?
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Throne room
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While we are being guided through the castle.....
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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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Arrving to and parking in Hohenschwangau
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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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Carriage Ride to the castle
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Interior Views
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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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