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Neuschwanstein – Spectacular Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein is a spectacular fairytale castle located in Bavaria, Germany. The name of the castle means “New Swan Stone” and derives from one of Wagner’s opera characters, the Swan Knight.
LocationBavaria, Germany, Europe
Getting to the CastleCheck out the MAP of the area

 Neuschwanstein Castle is situated near Schwangau and Füssen in the AllgäuMost visitors come to Neuschwanstein between July and September, so that during this time especially, considerable waiting times must be expected. It is also possible that all the available entrance tickets will already have been sold by lunchtime. Reserve the tickets before Here

The roads to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle are closed for public traffic. Parking directly next to the Ticket Center is not possible. There are 4 parking lots in the village Hohenschwangau:

  • P1 = next to “apollo duty-free” shop,
  • P2, P3 = at the roundabout next to Restaurant cafe Kainz,
  • P4 = next to the lake Alpsee
  • No parking between 8.00 pm. and 8.00 am.
  • Parking fees (per day):
    • Cars € 6,00
    • Bus/ coaches € 15,00
    • Caravan/ camping cars € 8,50
    • Motorbikes € 2,00

3 ways to the castle:

  • On foot
    • It takes about 30-40 minutes to walk from the ticket center to the castle (around 1.5 km on a steep uphill road).
  • By horse-drawn carriage
    Departure point: Hotel Müller, Alpseestraße, HohenschwangauBecause of space limitations, the carriages cannot go right up to the castle. From the carriage turning area beneath the castle, it is an uphill walk of about 450 meters or 5-10 minutes to the castle entrance.
    • Price: Uphill trip 7 euros/downhill trip 3.50 euros (as of 1 August 2018)
    • Tickets can be bought from the carriage driver.
    • The carriages operate all year round and shuttle according to demand, with no fixed timetable.
    • Reservations are unfortunately not possible.
  • With the shuttle bus

    Departure point: parking P4 (below Hohenschwangau Palace)

    Because of space limitations, the buses cannot be driven right up to the castle, but go via Bleckenaustraße to the Jugend lookout point (Marienbrücke) above the castle. From here there is a downhill walk of about 500 meters or 10-15 minutes (gradient of 12-19%) to the castle entrance.
    • Price: Uphill trip 2.50 euros / downhill trip 1.50 euro / return trip 3 euros (as of 1 June 2018)
    • The buses operate all year round and shuttle between Schlosshotel Lisl and Neuschwanstein Castle according to demand, i.e. without a fixed timetable.
    • Tickets can be obtained on the bus.
    • Reservations are unfortunately not possible.
    • The buses do not run if there is snow or ice on the roads.
  • Entrance tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle can only be bought at the ticket center in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle.
  • Your entrance ticket is valid for a guided tour of the castle at a particular time. You need to allow sufficient time to get up to the castle, as if you arrive too late you will no longer be able to participate in the tour.
  • €13 – adults
  • free for those under 17
  • no photography allowed inside the castle
  • You cant buy tickets online but you can reserve it: Here
  • Opening hours Ticket Center
    • April to 15 October: 7.30 am-5 pm
    • 16 October to March: 8.30 am-3 pm
  • Opening hours of Neuschwanstein Castle
    • April to 15 October: 9 am-6 pm
    • 16 October to March: 10 am-4 pm
    • open daily except for 1 January and 24 / 25 / 31 December
WebsiteOfficial Site
Photo Points
  • Marie’s Bridge, or Pöllatbrücke – 15 min
  • Parking- 10 min
  • Hohenschwangau Castle -15 min
  • Ticket Center – 10 min
  • Castle Balcony – 5 min

For what is famous Neuschwanstein Castle?

Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

Today, more than 1.5 million visitors come to see Germany’s fairy tale castles, making it one of the most visited castles in the world.

Ludwig was Richard Wagner’s patron, and many rooms of the castle were inspired by Wagner’s operas.

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.

Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone”. The name of the castle derives from one of Wagner’s opera characters, the Swan Knight.

Ludwig slept only 11 nights in the castle.

The bedroom adjacent to the dining room and the subsequent house chapel are the only rooms of the palace that remain in the neo-Gothic style. The king’s bedroom is dominated by a huge bed adorned with carvings. Fourteen carvers worked more than four years on the bed canopy with its numerous pinnacles and on the oaken panelings.

The Marie Bridge (Marienbrücke)

The Marie Bridge (Marienbrücke) is a bridge built over the Pöllat gorge, named after Queen Mary of Prussia and which is a wonderful Bellview point for Neuschwanstein.

When construction began, the king wanted:

  • To build a castleonly using Bavarian workers and local materials, which led to the creation of a strong handicraft industry in Bavaria.
  • Seen from the outside, the castle to be similar to the fairytale castles that enchanted Louis II in his youth.
  • Inside to contain the technological discoveries of the era. The castle has electricity, the first mobile phone in history (covering only 6 m), a kitchen that uses heat according to the rules developed by Leonardo da Vinci.
  • As other palaces that he built, the king wanted to have a small cave, built with metal reinforcement and cement, which allowed him to isolate himself from the world and live in his fairytale world.
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle as seen from the walking path
Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle as seen from Marienbrücke (Marie’s Bridge, or Pöllatbrücke)
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle as seen from Hohenschwangau Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
View from Neuschwanstein Castle’s balcony
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
View from Neuschwanstein Castle’s balcony
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
View from Neuschwanstein Castle’s balcony