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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 to visitMarch 28 to October 15, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, October 16 to March 27, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
- What is the price?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 tipsNote 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
Shared great stories about the people behind the castle and the context for when it was built. A wonderful day.
I really enjoyed my day trip by train to Neuschwanstein Castle by train. The guide was excellent and told us lots of interesting facts about the life of King Ludwig and how his death at the age of 40 remains an unsolved mystery to this day. I would definitely recommend a trip to Schloss Neuschwanstein. Everything lived up to my expectations.
Austin was our guide and he was great. We enjoyed his personality, knowledge and occasional joke and sarcasm. Made the experience memorable and fun.
The meeting point for the tour was very easy to find. Maria, our guide, was very friendly and had a lot of information on the areas we were travelling to. We did the walking tours of both castles. There is not much around Linderhof, so there was plenty of time to get to he castle and do the tour. We then had an hour long stop in the village of Oberammergau between Linderof and Neuschwanstein and that was a nice break. We had time for lunch in Neuschwanstein before our castle tour. Castle tour was good, and set at a good pace. This was a good tour. The castle entry was not included, but it was reasonably priced all round.
Everything was on time and well organized. I could be good to add a few more hours if possible.