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5 historical facts about Neuschwanstein Castle

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!

It overlooks King Ludwig II's childhood home

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!

It was inspired by Richard Wagner

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!

Its architect wasn't an architect

Ludwig considered his vision too extraordinary to be realized by mere architects. Neuschwanstein was instead designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich!

Ludwig lived for just 172 days in the castle

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.

It's been a tourist attraction ever since

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 Castle: Our Tips

What are the opening hours?

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.

Where to stay?

There are several modest hotels and pensions in the Hohenschwangau area. Alternatively, Neuschwanstein is also just a day-trip away from Munich!

How to get there

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.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    March 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 there
    The bus from the Schlosshotel Lisl or the horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller will drop you close to the castle.
  • Additional tips
    Note 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

The tour guide was very nice, but I would have liked more information

I would have liked more information about the history. I feel like the people sitting next to me on the train had more background information about where we were going than our actual tour guide wanted to offer us.
Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Munich by Train Reviewed by Arielle, 10/06/2016

Lots of fun, stunning countryside and really interesting.

Trouble free coordination. Clear instructions. Helpful and pleasant staff. Wonderful Castle and history lesson.
Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Dino, 10/05/2016

Something everyone should see in your lifetime!

Was like out of a fairy tale! The castle was beautiful & the land around it was breath taking !
Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by shannon, 09/21/2016

Two castles, one spa town makes for full day!

Enjoyed the variety of seeing the two castles plus Oberammergau. The guides at the castles are not part of this company & thought the tour at Neuschwanstein was pretty bare bones in terms of information probably due to overwhelming crowds. You do have a 40-minute walk to this castle and should know ahead of time. We did enjoy the day & would call it worthwhile.
Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by Carol, 09/20/2016

Great tour in a very confortable bus with an amazing staff!

A very interesrting tour that included the guided visit in two wonderful castles near Munich. The bus was very confortable, the route was lovely (including the "Romantic Road", which was really great and actually romantic) and last, but not least, our guide that was really kind, very friendly and smiley and gave us all the necessary infornation we needed to know! Great people in Munich, very friendly and gentle, very good english speeking and all of them with a great smile and ready to help you in everything! I definitely recommend this day drip as well as the Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour with the same line (Gray Line) which I took and I remained abosolutely satisfied! Lovely people, lovely city, lovely everything in Munich!
Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by IRAKLIS, 09/17/2016

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