Picture a fairytale castle, most likely it is one imprinted on your mind by Disney since childhood - well this castle inspired that image. The name even seems like a fairytale Schloss Neuschwanstein means new swan stone castle as it overlooks the Swan lake (Schwansee).
It is a highly impressive castle stark white, towers reaching to the heavens and set atop a mountain against sheer drops and ragged cliffs. Something this impressive and impossible can only be built when money, time, resources along with human life & labour are of little consideration.
And the story of King Ludwig II does go much like a fairytale, complete with an eccentric king trying to keep rule of his kingdom after losing a battle, a plot and conspiracy to depose him, love affairs, an arrest in his bedroom and ending in his mysterious end found dead in the lake he loved so much. He meets all the criteria of his affectionate title as the fairytale king, and is dearly regarded and esteemed in Bavaria.
So now full of romance and intrigue you may be wishing to see this for yourself, the good news is that of course you can (yay) the bad...many feel the same way; this place is very popular - and in the summer when we made it there 8000 people per day were seeing it, averaging above 1.3 million visitors per year.
So whilst not usually our place to go to much into depth, we think an exception may be made here to help you better experience this particular place: you'll find this information below. [Review by nikodonnell]
- Neuschwanstein is a region in Germany. It is situated at an altitude of 3087ft and the best airport to fly into is MUC (Franz Josef Strauss, Munich)
- The main spoken language here is German, and the average English skill is high
- The currency used in Germany is the Euro (EUR)
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- Reserve tickets online - half the tickets are reserved online and the other are available on the day.
- Go early, it opens at 8am and the closer you can make it to this the better, you'll leave as the bulk of tourists are getting there.
- Get up to the top in time, if you want to take the horse & cart up, get in line and leave plenty of time it takes 25 minutes to reach the top and you have to be there in time for your ticket, another idea is to catch the shuttle up and horse down.
- Love stairs you'll meet a few of them. They do have wheelchair access with elevator, so inquire about this.
- Go to the balcony, before the exit there is a hallway (toward the cafe) you can go onto a balcony here and it's stunning.
- Go to the bridge, there is a viewing bridge a few kilometres from the castle which gives you a good vantage point.
- Have some 50 cent pieces for the toilets, the one in the castle is FREE!
(*Take that Lonely planet, see we can give minute details as well.)
More Neuschwanstein travel resources
Straight to it, here is where you reserve your tickets
This is the official site where you can get information all about the castle and how to get there
Here is Wikitravel
History of Neuschwanstein Castle and of Ludwig II of Bavaria
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