There are millions of reasons why you should not miss a short trip to the most charming, romantic and spectacular castle in Europe.
Located near the Bavarian Alps and the Austrian border, Neuschwanstein castle meets all the qualities to make you feel part of a fairytale. Due to the Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle inspiration, Neuschwanstein is one of the most well-known castles in the world.
If you are going to visit Munich or Salzburg I suggest you to take into account a train ride to Fussen in order to enjoy the unbelievable castle located to the village of Hohenschwangau. Commissioned by the King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 19th century, the castle was an obsession for the king who died before to see his dream coming true.
Each time I visited Munich I took a day trip to visit the village of Hohenschwangau.
I visited Neuschwanstein for the first time in winter and it was …speechless.
I repeated my experience during summer period and I found other magnificent landscapes, colours, forests, waterfalls and lovely lakes. Everyone should experience this trip at least once in their lives for the peace and quiet of nature, away from the crowds.
You are able to get to the castle and look around the outside without purchasing any tickets. However, if you want to go inside the museum, you must purchase a ticket. No pictures on cameras or phones are allowed to be taken of the inside.
The castle was never finished. Apart from the six rooms that you visit the rest remains unseen and has been a building site for a century and a half.
I recommend taking the bus up and down (2,60 Euro for the roundtrip). Other routes to get up to the castle are a 40 minute walk. Please do not choose the carriage ride. I saw those poor animals abused for monetary reasons.
The perfect spot for a photo is from Mary ‘s Bridge. The bridge just before the castle is a must and be prepared for some walking, so people with difficulties should be aware of this, it’s a bit of a walk once you get off the bus but you’ll have the most spectacular view.
You can also combine the Neuschwanstein visit with trips to King Ludwig’s other castles, Hohenschwangau, where he grew up, and Linderhof, his final home.
I really recommend the visit!!!