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If you're reading this, you probably already know that Bavaria's Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney's iconic castle. Here are five facts about King Ludwig II's dramatic palace that you probably don't know!
Ludwig grew up in Hohenschwangau, the medieval knights' castle that his parents owned. Ludwig's dreams of building a castle on the rugged hill above it began as early as childhood!
Upon first hearing Wagner, the teenage Prince Ludwig became a devoted patron. His dream palace was the stuff of the Germanic sagas in the great composer's operas!
Ludwig considered his vision too extraordinary to be realized by mere architects. Neuschwanstein was instead designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich!
Forced to abdicate by a frustrated cabinet, the popular but inattentive king was removed from his new home. The next day he went for a walk and was discovered dead hours later.
Ludwig was a reclusive king and had envisioned his dream palace to be a place of solitary refuge and reflection. Just seven weeks after his death it was opened to the public!
Neuschwanstein is open daily from March 28 to October 15 at 9:00AM until 6:00PM. From October 16 to March 27 it is open from 10:00AM until 4:00PM, except December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.
There are several modest hotels and pensions in the Hohenschwangau area. Alternatively, Neuschwanstein is also just a day-trip away from Munich!
It's possible to walk up the hill from Hohenschwangau but it's quite a trek! You'd be better off choosing between the regular shuttle bus departing from outside the Schlosshotel Lisl on Neuschwansteinstraße, or the more expensive horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller on Alpseestraße. Note that both stop short of the castle for accessibility reasons, and the short walk from the shuttle bus stop might be too steep for the mobility impaired.
- When should I visit?March 28 to October 15, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, October 16 to March 27, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
- Is it expensive?Castle ticket prices start at 12€ for adults.
- Will I need a guide?*Your entrance ticket reserves you a tour spot. *
- How to get thereThe bus from the Schlosshotel Lisl or the horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller will drop you close to the castle.
- Additional informationNote that you will need to do some uphill walk, and be prepared! |
Book your tickets in advance! Tickets can sell out during peak times.
What people are saying about Neuschwanstein Castle
A lot of people showed up in the morning and at first I was not sure this was going to go well. But once the guides took over their respective groups, everything went well. Our American guide (Sara) gave us a lot of background information on the way which made the experience richer and she also took good care that nobody would get lost on the way - some people tended to wander off more than others.
I booked my tour weeks in advance and the day of, I was the only guest. Rather than cancel on me, my guide arrived ready to take me on a personal tour. Other companies would have decided a solo guest isn't worth their time. PURE.allgau has excellent customer service. I had a great time and enjoyed my walk and talk with my guide just as much as I enjoyed the castles. If I had more time, I would have booked other hiking tours.
This was a wonderful tour of Bavaria for two reasons -- our guide Mario, and the places he took us. Each place we went, Mario provided interesting history and information. He is very knowledgeable and super personable. His van was very comfortable. Our family of 4 toured with a lovely couple, so it was great to have a small tour. Two beautiful churches and Neuschwanstein, then finishing the day with fantastic cheese, sausage, bread, beer, coffee, and cheesecake at the cheese farm with views of the Alps. Wunderbar! (Kristen, Mark, Jenny, Charlie)
Beautiful place, really worth the hike up there. Tour was brilliantly run. Jake our guide was really entertaining and informative.
It was a great tour. I enjoyed the history and the countryside was just beautiful. The views from the Castle were breathtaking. Carlos was a wonderful tour guide and lots of fun.