Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
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Neuschwanstein CastleThe most famous castle in Germany—and one of the best known in Europe—Neuschwanstein is renowned not just for its fairy-tale architecture (which directly inspired the Disney Castle) but also for its creator, “mad” King Ludwig II. Begun in 1868, it wasn’t completed until four years after Ludwig’s death, in 1892, but was very advanced for its time, with larger-than-usual windows, central heating, an elevator, telephones, and indoor plumbing. However, it’s the castle’s mountaintop setting and soaring towers that really impress. When visiting, be sure to check out the paintings inspired by the operas of Richard Wagner—Ludwig’s friend and the person to whom he dedicated the castle. Also take in the stellar views from the Marienbrücke, and if you want to visit in style, consider a horse-drawn carriage ride back to your car. There’s a restaurant on-site, but plenty of cheaper options are in the town below.
AFAR Local Expert
over 3 years ago
Few sights encapsulate the magical feel of the Bavarian Alps like Neuschwanstein Castle. The impressive towers, vast halls, and mountain-top setting bring out your inner child, transporting you back to a time of bedtime stories and fantastical dreams. Visitors can explore the extravagantly decorated rooms, dine at the charming restaurant, and learn the tale of the mad king whose obsession with Romanticism led to one of the most iconic man-made sites in the world. Tip: buy tickets ahead of time to avoid long lines and consider taking a horse-drawn carriage to and from the castle for the full fairytale experience.
AFAR Local Expert
about 6 years ago
Evening at Neuschwanstein Castle
I have lived in Germany a long time, and have visited this castle many times but I have never gotten to walk on the Marien Bridge until this past Saturday. I finally got the view I wanted all these years. Best of all, no scaffolding! This castle is in constant maintenance so it's a rare sight to see it in all it's perfection. Because it's extremely crowded with tourists we did not get close. I was happy to just have this view in sight. At 7pm there are no people around in this area. Love it!
about 7 years ago
If you've ever wanted to see a fairy tale come to life, visit Neuschwanstein Castle in the lush Bavarian countryside. Built in the late 19th century as a royal retreat for King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public after the King's death and is now one of the most popular castles/palaces in Europe. The castle, begun in 1868, remained unfinished at King Ludwig's death in 1888. It was completed in 1892, complete with large window panes, central heating, telephones, an elevator, and indoor plumbing - overall, quite innovative for its day. For the best views of the exterior of the castle, take a short walk to the Marienbrücke, an iron bridge high above the Pöllat Gorge. The small bridge is so high above the gorge that it made my knees wobbly, but it was worth it for the stunning view of the castle, mountainsides and beautiful Bavarian plains. WARNING - the castle is extremely touristy and crowded and tickets to enter must be bought in the small village of Hohenschwangau, below the castle. Unless you want to see the interior of the castle, I recommend skipping the tour entirely. Just do the lovely drive to the castle and walk from the town to Marienbrücke. It's free (though you'll need to pay a few Euro for parking in Hohenschwangau). The uphill hike takes about 45 minutes. Then retreat to one of the quiet, nearby Bavarian villages for beer and a hearty meal.
about 7 years ago
Getting a perfect postcard picture of Neuschwanstein
Once I had experienced the obligatory tour of Neuschwanstein Castle (located in southwest Bavaria, Germany), I wanted to escape the masses and was particularly keen on taking my own "perfect postcard" photos of the castle. This was not difficult to achieve, but required a bit of extra hiking to Marie's Bridge, where many amateur and professional photographers before me have had the same opportunity. From this vantage point, one can capture panoramic shots of the castle surrounded by a pastoral setting that includes two lakes (the Alpsee and Schwansee), where I later fed eager swans with bread from my lunch sack. The castle is worth a tour although it is overly crowded during the summertime (up to 6,000 tourists per day). The on-site gift shop provides books and pamphlets illustrating the sad life of King Ludwig II, who died under mysterious circumstances in 1886. It was Ludwig's intention to build Neuschwanstein as a private residence for himself and favored guests such as the opera composer Richard Wagner, but immediately after Ludwig died, the castle was opened to the public and has been enormously popular with tourists ever since. I enjoyed taking several photos of the exterior castle, grounds, and surrounding landscape, but photos of the interior are not permitted.
about 7 years ago
Fairy Tale Brought to life
I had always dreamed of visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. The mixture of mad king, striking architecture and prestige made this castle a really interesting piece of history to visit, Despite the crowds and travel time I think it should be included on any trip to Bavaria!