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 that! In June, we were here 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 to buy our tickets, I noticed an electronic board telling me what time the next tour in English was available. I couldn't believe it, the time was 11.30am!
Tickets are only available at Ticket center Hohenschwangau or online.
Tickets with a specific visiting time can be reserved one day in advance.
You must buy your ticket here, if you wish to visit the inside of the Castle, not at the Castle itself
This wasn't really a disappointment, as what I wanted to see, was the outside of this Castle, just as I had seen it on biscuit tins all those years ago!
April to September: 8 am-5 pm / October to March: 9 am-3 pm
CLOSED..... 1 January and 24 / 25 / 31 December.
ADMISSION IN 2013
Adults 12 EURO
Children/ Pupils under 18 years of age FREE
Students, Senior citizens over 65 years of age,
disabled visitors when showing valid identification 11 EURO
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 in early June. Each time was busy but not super crowded; the worst times will be late June to mid-August when schools are on holiday. If you have to go during this time, reserve your tickets online .
Mentally prepare for crowds and allow more time than you think you will need. Allow more time to find parking, use the bathrooms, purchase your tickets, get to the top of the hill, etc. When there are large crowds, you will be slowed down. Allowing yourselves extra time will eliminate that frustration that comes from having to rush.
Be aware of your surroundings. Thieves and pickpockets thrive in areas that are crowded. While I’ve never heard of someone getting their things stolen in this area (unlike in the bigger cities), you don’t want to be one of those people. Watch what is going on around you and those you are with – keep an eye on your things and your friends. Have them keep an eye on you – look out for each other. Take those basic safety precautions of not having lots of valuables and money within easy grasp. Be smart and enjoy your time at Neuschwanstein.
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 minute span.
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The day we visited the castle was another gorgeous day. I would have walked up to the castle, but we decided a carraige ride would be so much sweeter. How often do you get a horse drawn coach ride to a castle? How Cinderella! Yeah, notsomuch. The horses had the most rancid smelling gas, and the exertion it took to lug a carraigeful of lazy tourists up a mountain...well it was really forced out, almost constantly. I recommend the carraige, but please take my advice and sit as far back as you can...fresher air back there.
To my great disappointment photographing and video shooting are forbidden in internal rooms of the castle. However at an exit from the castle there is a shop where big variety of printed and video materials are available.
The decision of administration to prohibit video shooting from my point of view is disputable. However it was necessary to obey.
Visits are only possible with a guided tour.
Dogs are not allowed inside the Castle. With this interdiction nobody argues!
You are not allowed to take any photos inside the Neuschwanstein Castle so I don't have any inside photos to share but the rooms are totally amazing and all look fantastic. Our guide told us that because Ludwig died unexpectadly in 1886 many of the rooms were left unfinished...only about 16 out of the 65 rooms were completed...
One room was made into a cave...it was my favourite...hehe...you'll have to go there for yourself to see it! It's very weird...
Entrance tickets can only be bought at the ticket center in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle. You must therefore buy your ticket before you start the approximately 30-minute walk to the castle. Tickets can be booked in advance for an additional charge. The time can only be changed or the ticket cancelled up to two hours before the start of the tour (also by phone).
Ticketcenter Neuschwanstein - Hohenschwangau
Alpseestr. 12, 87645 Hohenschwangau
If you're not a somewhat skilled hiker or such, I would recommend you don't attempt the footpath at the far end of the Marienbruk in winter, it is dangerous under foot. But if you are, the views are lovely.
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.
1)Make sure you buy your ticket before walking up to the castle. If you don't, you'll have to go all the way back down.
2)It is quite a hike to the castle. Wear comfortable shoes.
Make sure you buy your Neuschwanstein Castle tour tickets at the shop on the ground below the castle...you cannot buy tickets once you get to the top.
Be careful with the castle's restoration... :) this is the other face of Neuschwanstein Castle when I made my trip there :)