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 Castle 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 is 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
So, is Neuschwanstein 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 of 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.
A family trip to Neuschwanstein Castle
Getting to Munich:
Munich is the second biggest city in Germany.
Flughafen München Franz Josef Strauß is 28.5 kilometres from the city centre.
By February of 2017 Flughafen München, Franz Josef Strauß features flights to 248 destinations, making it the airport with the fifth-most destinations worldwide.
The S1 and S8 S-Bahn lines connect the airport with the centre of Munich, with departures every 10 minutes. The airport is also easy and convenient to reach by bus from the Munich city centre
Many international and domestic trains and bus service’s Munich terminating at Munich’s Central Station (Hauptbahnhof)
You can book an airport transfer with Suntransfers who we have personally used on many occasions.
You can book a rental car with AutoEurope and have it waiting for you at Munich Airport.
Getting around Munich:
Munich has an extensive public transportation system. It consists of a network of underground (U-Bahn), suburban trains (S-Bahn), trams and buses. … Tickets can be purchased at the blue vending machines, found at U- and S-Bahn-stations, at many tram and bus stops and newspaper kiosks.
There are different types of tickets: Single Tickets (called “Einzelfahrkarte”), Stripe Tickets (called “Streifenkarte”) and Day Tickets (called “Tageskarte”).
Before first embarking, the ticket must be validated – insert the ticket into the small stamping machines posted at the entrances to U- and S-Bahn tracks or on trams and buses. It’s a € 60 fine if you are caught riding without a valid ticket.
The Munich City Tour Card allows free use of public transport, plus discount and free admission to some of the best Munich sights. More information and booking click here
Another alternative for tourists is to buy a pass for the Munich Hop on hop off bus which takes you to all the sites in the city. Click here for further information and prices.
Where to stay in Munich:
Munich has accommodation options for every budget from Hostels, to apartments and hotels rooms.
Hostels in Munich can start from as little as 20 euro’s a night for a shared dorm room.
You can search Airbnb for their Munich accommodation offerings. If you have never used Airbnb before get yourself $50 credit by signing and booking a stay right HERE.
Hotels in Melbourne generally start from around $100 a night for a double room and increase incrementally as the luxury rating rises towards 5 stars. Google states that 3-star averaging $144, 5-star averaging $469 for a night stay.
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