Deep in the heart of the Bavarian Alps stands fairy tale castle.
Neuschwanstein was built in the late 19th century by King Ludwig II. He died before the interior of the castle could be completed, so there’s only a handful of rooms inside that have been decorated. He built it to replace his father’s castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau.
Luckily you can even see the fairy tale castle from here!
The climb up the mountain to Neuschwanstein takes about 20-30 minutes. It’s not super steep, but it does take a bit of effort. If you can’t walk up the hill, then they have horse-drawn carriages that will take you 75% of the way up.
When you finally get to the castle, you wait for your group number (on your ticket that was pre-purchased either online or at the ticket station in the town) and then go through to get your audioguides. Sadly, there are no photos allowed in the castle.
I snapped a couple for you though.
Apparently they were obsessed with putting foods into molds to make them look more….appetising? After touring the castle, we climbed a little further up the hill to Marienbrücke (Marie’s Bridge). This is where you see all of the amazing views of the castle.
Just don’t look down.
I paid for a guided tour from Munich to the castle. We met at the Munich Hauptbahnhof (Main station) and they ensured we arrived in Füssen and to the castle for our tour. Plus they gave us a few stories about the mad King Ludwig II. The tour cost €42, plus €11 for entrance into the castle. I honestly felt a bit cheated to have paid €53 to be babysat on the train and then let loose on the castle – felt very much like a field trip. In my opinion, I’m not sure that the 5 minutes of stories were worth the extra cost. I would check out the cost of the train tickets and go for the cheaper option (which I can only imagine is to go on your own).
I really enjoyed my trip to Neuschwanstein. Even if I did feel a bit cheated by the “tour”, it was wonderful to disappear into a fairy tale for the afternoon. The train from Munich to Füssen is just at 2 hours long, and the bus to Hohenschwangau is 5-10 minutes (clearly marked with the words CASTLE so you can’t miss them). When you go, you absolutely must go to Marienbrücke! It is worth the journey by itself!
Have you visited Neuschwanstein? What did you think about the fairy tale castle?