It seems every man and his dog, well every travel blogger on earth has written a story about Neuschwanstein castle! I am not going to go into massive details about this amazing castle. We all know that Neuschwanstein is probably the world’s most well-known castle. At the very least Neuschwanstein is most well know castle in Europe. We all know it is what the great man Walt Disney modelled his theme park castle on. We all know it is been called a fairytale castle and was built by the most famous Bavarian King of them all, King Ludwig II.
What is not so nice is the fact the small village that is home to the castle is overrun by tourists like flies at a BBQ. The wait to buy tickets can be long, parking is hard to come by and the food is expensive. The chance to get a picture without strangers in it is hard to achieve and the walk to the castle is up a steep hill. On the bus ride to the Marienbrucke (it’s a bridge that overlooks Neuschwanstein castle ) you are packed in like sardines. Trying to get to the front of the bridge for the ultimate view and iconic photo is like a game of chess. People are pushing and shoving and worst of all the bridge was moving! It was all a little claustrophobic and tarnished the experience slightly…just slightly!
Here are some things you may not know about Neuschwanstein:
*September 5, 1869 – the date the first stone of New Hohenschwangau Castle was laid. The new palace only got the name Neuschwanstein castle after Ludwig’s death in 1886.
*Despite being a medieval design, it was built in the 19th century, and it served no defensive purposes.
*The castle is one of the most photographed buildings in the world. Even when photography is not permitted inside of the castle.
*Even though it is a castle for a King there is no throne in the castle, as the Throne Hall was not completed before Ludwig’s death.
*Thanks to its secluded location in the mountains of Bavaria, the palace was not destroyed during the second world war.
Neuschwanstein Castle, is it worth a visit?
Still, it is well worth making the effort for a day trip to Neuschwanstein. It can be reached by train or car from Munich. A whole day is needed to spend at the Location. The Royal Castle of Hohenschwangau is also available for viewing and if you can fit it in, it is well worth a visit too. Hohenschwangau was built by King Ludwig’s parents. Without further-a-due, we hope you enjoy the Neuschwanstein Castle photos. We have taken on the two visits we have made to this amazing castle in the mountains of Bavaria. (The winter pictures were taken by a friend in Munich)
Family Travel Tip: There are horse and carridge rides available to and from the castle. The line to get on going up to the castle is long and the wait can be very long. It is much easier to catch the horse ride down the hill. Our kids loved this part of the visit but then again what kid doesn’t like horse and cart rides!
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Next up for Wyld Family Travel is 10 weeks in Europe from November 2016 till January 2017. We will be visiting Spain, Portugal, Switzerland, Germany, France, Poland, Iceland, Denmark, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia
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