We joined the trip to Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, English: New Swanstone Castle) organized by Edelweiss Lodge and Resort.
Neuschwanstein Castle is located above the village of Hohenschwangau in Southwest Bavaria, Germany. Yes, above the village because it was on top of a hill. Due to its secluded location, the palace survived the two World Wars without destruction.
Reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria built the castle as personal refuge, with the influence of Richard Wagner. The king paid for the construction out of his personal fortune instead of using Bavaria’s public funds. After King Ludwig’s death in 1886, the castle was opened to the paying public. The beautiful palace was used as an inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. It has also appeared in movies and became an inspiration to other structures.
For security reasons, the palace can only be visited during a 35-minute guided tour. In the peak season from June until August, Neuschwanstein has as many as 6000 visitors per day, and guests without advance reservation may have to wait several hours. Ticket sales are processed exclusively via the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau.
Neuschwanstein Castle Ticket
You can ask for information here
There are 3 ways to get to the castle. You can walk or hike, ride a horse carriage, or ride a bus. My husband and I chose to walk and it was fun. The hike was not as long as we thought. We had some exercise and we enjoyed the majestic scenery.
You can ride a horse carriage to go to Neuschwanstein
On you way up, you will find an area where you can rest and get a view of the castle facade. Too bad the tree branches were blocking the view so I did not get a full picture of the main castle entrance. The place also serves as a meeting spot for many tour groups.
On the way up, you can stop by here. A nice spot to take photos
of the village below the hill and some parts of the castle.
Photo of the facade of Neuschwanstein Castle
from the above said area.
There is also a snack shack and souvenir shop along the way.
Snack and souvenir store along the way
The design of the castle was very stylish both in the exterior and interior. You can take photos outside the castle but use of camera inside is prohibited. The palace complex is entered through the symmetrical Gatehouse flanked by two stair towers.
The Gatehouse entrance to the castle. When you enter the gate,
there is a toilet at the right side and souvenir shop on the left.
Photos of the castle's exterior which you can see when you enter the gate.
You can roam around and take photos here.
One of the castle's towers
Inside the palace, the decorations depict the German Legends of Lohengrin – the Swan Knight. The themes were taken up in the operas of Richard Wagner.
After your tour inside the castle, don't forget to walk around the beautiful palace the opposite way. From there you can see Hohenschwangau Castle, the palace where Ludwig spent his childhood. It was also decorated with the Swan Knight Sagas.
The Hohenschwangau Castle as seen from Neuschwanstein.
On the left is the Hohenschwangau Village.
Of course, don't forget to go to Marienbrücke or Mary's Bridge. It is directly behind and directly visible from Neuschwanstein Castle. The bridge was named by Ludwig II of Bavaria after his mother, Marie Friederike of Prussia. At the bridge, you can have a nice view of Neuschwanstein.
Marienbrücke or Mary's Bridge
Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, with almost 1.3 million visitors per year.
After the tour, we ate at the restaurant below the hill. You can see Neuschwanstein Castle from there.
Where we ate after the tour. You can see Neuschwanstein from there (left part of the photo).
Our tour bus parked beside the restaurant
I recommend you join a tour to Neuschwanstein Castle. It was a wonderful experience.
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