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Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle: Our Insider Tips for an Unforgettable Visit

Updated: Jul 2

Neuschwanstein Castle is undoubtedly one of the most famous and beautiful castles in the world. With its fairytale architecture and breathtaking location in the Bavarian Alps, it attracts millions of visitors each year. In this post, we want to share our experiences and tips for an unforgettable visit to this impressive destination.


Schloss Neuschwanstein frontal zum Sonnenuntergang

 

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1. The History of Neuschwanstein Castle


Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the 19th century by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Construction began in 1869 and it was intended as a retreat for the royal dreamer, inspired by medieval castles and the Romantic era. Ludwig II wanted to create a world at Neuschwanstein that matched the legends and myths of his time.


Although the castle was never fully completed, it is now a symbol of romantic architecture and one of the most famous landmarks in Germany. Ludwig II himself only lived in the castle for a few months before he died under mysterious circumstances in 1886. Since then, Neuschwanstein Castle has attracted millions of visitors each year and even served as inspiration for Disney's fairytale castle.


Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Schwangau in the Allgäu region and is one of the top tourist highlights in Bavaria.


2. Travel Preparation


Before heading to the king’s castle, there are a few things you should consider. Good planning helps you get the most out of your visit and avoid long waiting times.


Book Tickets in Advance


Neuschwanstein Castle is a very popular destination, so we highly recommend booking your ticket online in advance. This not only secures your entry but also helps you avoid long lines on site.


Ideally, you should buy your ticket a few weeks in advance, as they often sell out.






The Right Clothing for Neuschwanstein Castle


The weather in the Bavarian Alps can change quickly. Even in summer, you should bring a light jacket and comfortable shoes, as it can get cool during hikes or inside the castle.


Schloss Neuschwanstein Juni Abendsonne Sonnenuntergang

3. Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria


Schloss Neuschwanstein liegt in der Nähe von Füssen, etwa zwei Stunden südlich von München. Du hast verschiedene Möglichkeiten, dorthin zu gelangen:


By Car


If you’re traveling by car, there are several parking lots available. From there, you can reach the castle either on foot, by shuttle bus, or via a romantic horse-drawn carriage ride.


By Train from Munich


Taking the train from Munich to Füssen is also a good option. From Füssen, a bus takes you directly to the ticket center in Hohenschwangau.Falls du mit dem Auto anreist, stehen dir mehrere Parkplätze zur Verfügung. Von dort aus gelangst du entweder zu Fuß, mit dem Shuttle-Bus oder einer romantischen Kutschfahrt zum Schloss.



4. Entrance and Tours


The fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour. Tours are available in various languages and provide fascinating insights into the history and architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle.


Our Recommendation: Book the first tour in the morning to avoid the crowds and enjoy the castle in peace.



5. Exploring the Castle


The interiors of Neuschwanstein Castle are just as impressive as the exterior. During the tour, you’ll visit magnificent halls, royal chambers, and learn more about the life of King Ludwig II, who built this castle.


Tip: Photography is not allowed inside the castle, but the views from the windows offer picturesque scenes you shouldn't miss.



6. Hiking Trails and Viewpoints Around Neuschwanstein


Around the fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle, there are numerous hiking trails and viewpoints that offer spectacular views of the castle and the surrounding landscape.


Here are some of our favorites:


View from the Marienbrücke


The Marienbrücke is the most famous viewpoint and offers a fantastic view of the castle. The walk there is a short hike from the castle and is absolutely worth it.


Tegelberg


For those who are more active, we recommend the climb to Tegelberg. From here, you have a wide view over the Bavarian Alps and can admire the castle from a bird's eye view. The climb takes about 2.5 hours and is manageable.


Pöllatschlucht


The Pöllatschlucht is located in the immediate vicinity of the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. However, due to weather conditions, it is often closed for safety reasons, so be sure to check in advance.



7. Our Highlights


Sunset at Castle Neuschwanstein


Schloss Neuschwanstein Front Sonnenuntergang

A Very Special Experience: Sunset at the Majestic Neuschwanstein Castle.


The last rays of the sun bathe the castle in a magical light, and the tranquility of this late hour is simply priceless.


Click here to see our video of this breath taking scenery.











Winter Magic


Neuschwanstein Castle is an absolute highlight even in winter. The snow-covered mountains and the wintry castle amidst the Bavarian landscape create a dreamy setting that you shouldn't miss.


Schloss Neuschwanstein im Winter


8. Tips for Your Visit to the Fairytale Castle


  • Arrive Early: To avoid the large crowds, we recommend arriving early. The early morning or late afternoon are the best times for a relaxed visit.

  • Plan for Hikes: Take advantage of the numerous hiking trails around the castle to enjoy nature and discover the best viewpoints.

  • Food: There are some restaurants and cafes in Hohenschwangau. A small picnic on one of the meadows around the castle is also a lovely way to enjoy the surroundings.


 

For more travel tips and updates, don't forget to check out our Instagram channels tom_rbg_ and anna_mser! If you have any questions about our travels, feel free to reach out to us there.


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