Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle- The Fairytale Castle

After the epic Oktoberfest, we decided to take a day trip to  Neuschwanstein Castle!  With once glance at Neuschwanstein Castle , it’s easy to see why this castle inspired Walt Disney to build his own castle — Cinderella’s Castle or Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. So of course, we knew that while we were in Munich, we simply had to take a day trip and go see it for ourselves Many visit Neuschwanstein Castle on a tour, which is absolutely not necessary—save your money!

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Hidden about 2 hours outside of Munich in the seclusion of the Bavarian mountains, the Castle is striking in architecture and landscape. You can tell that each step, each plant and each room was carefully curated and planned. So whether you have dreams of being a fairy princess, revel in history or appreciate great architecture, visiting King Ludwig’s homes, is very well worth it.

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King Ludwig II commissioned it for himself as a retreat.  The so-called Mad King paid for the construction and decoration entirely himself, without raising taxes on his people.  King Ludwig II  envisioned Neuschwanstein as his romantic revival masterpiece.  But he hardly spent time there as he died before the Castle was finished. He was not able to see the work of art he commissioned. The Castle was open to public after his death.

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So, the first thing to note is that arriving at the castle as early as possible is key. We reached up as soon as the ticket office was opening. Admission to the castle costs 12 Euros and anyone under 18 is free. Buy your tickets at the ticket center in Hohenschwangau before heading up to the castle. From the ticket center, walk a bit uphill to catch the bus. You could choose to walk, as it is not that bad a climb.  The castle is constructed in a romantic, fairy tale style.  You can really appreciate its beauty by viewing it from the Marienbrücke bridge which was sadly closed when we were there. The Castle has a very fairytale feel to it. It is built in a very grand manner and the views from the castle are quite stunning.

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View from the Castle

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Inside Hall of the Castle

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Once you come down and walk behind the ticket centre one can see Hohenschwangau Castle. Designed for a calm family life, Ludwig spent most of his time here. He made sure to stay close to home, building his own castle a short hike away. Nearby there is Alpsee, a lake  known for the wild swans that inhabit the lake. Boats are available for rent and there is a variety of hiking trails in the vicinity

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Hohenschwangau Castle

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Hohenschwangau Castle

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Alpsea

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The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic and one can see why it is one of the most visited Castles in the world.

How To Get There

Neuschwanstein Castle is situated near Schwangau and Füssen in the Allgäu. The path to the castle starts in the village of Hohenschwangau where there is a big parking area too

Its a two hour drive from Munich if coming by road. One can reach the castle easily using the A7 to Füssen. From Füssen first follow the road B17 to Schwangau, then the signs to Hohenschwangau. There are regular trains to Füssen.

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Driving around Germany

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Driving Around Germany

With the Castle and the location still lingering on our minds we made the awesome drive on the Romantic Road to one of the best places I have been to- Rothenburg ob der Tauber.

PS– This is a part of our 9 city road trip across Belgium, Netherlands & Germany visiting Brussels, Freiburg, Munich, Rothenberg ob der Tauber, Dresden, Berlin, Amsterdam, Bruges & Ghent.

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