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 the most well-known 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.
Neuschwanstein is located near Füssen
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.
Where did we stay when we visited Neuschwanstein.
We stayed at Meininger City Centre in Munich. Meininger is 200 meters away from a train station with a direct airport link. Meininger has a bar, games room, kids corner and a chill out area. One of the best breakfasts I have ever had is available every morning and the staff will help you with tourist information.
For more information and booking click HERE
If you would like to stay at Schwangau the village below the castles search at Hotels.com
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!
Neuschwanstein castle day trip from Munich.
Take a magical 2-hour train journey into the Bavarian alpine countryside and learn about the mystery and legends behind mad King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Visit his fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein and enjoy sweeping views of the surroundings.
For more information and bookings click HERE.
The Palace is situated above the village Hohenschwangau close to the German-Austrian border and not far away from Füssen.