Looking like an illustration from a book of fairy tales, Schloss Neuschwanstein stands perched on a mountain cliff. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned this 19th-century palace. He paid for it out of his personal fortune rather than from public funds. It was intended as a refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then, more than 60 million people have visited, drawn by the picturesque location and romantic design. Constructed under the direction of architect Eduard Riedel, the building embodies the architectural fashion known as castle romanticism. You'll also note that it embraces Ludwig II's immoderate enthusiasm for the operas of his close friend Richard Wagner. Check the weather conditions before you plan your trip; misty conditions and rain often reduce visibility to almost zero at those heights. You can buy tickets online or at the ticket center in the village below the castle. Put Schloss Neuschwanstein into our Schwangau trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
Tours to Schloss Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Palace Day Tour from Munich BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $64
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Small-Group Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Luxury Coach Day Trip from Munich BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $164
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes
Schloss Neuschwanstein Reviews
We knew that there wasn’t much to see in the unfinished castle so just walked up to it (20 minutes) and to the bridge for a look at the famous view. The bridge experience was fairly awful, partly as I... more »
This wonderful castle lived up to all our expectations. This review could not do it justice. Look up the pictures and you will want to visit. more »
Very cool...the bridge is awesome. You must stand on it if you go there...excellent view. Beautiful mountains.. crystal clear water also. The castle the king grew up in is nearby and also beautiful. I wish the tour lasted longer than 30 minutes though. And that pictures were allowed....it's amazing. I would have loved to take pictures
Bavaria is home to dozens of royal castles, but the most famous were built for King Ludwig II, the "Mad King" or "Swan King." The castle is absolutely stunning inside and out. The tour was brisk but enjoyable. Photographs are NOT allowed inside the castle. Which is unfortunate for the interior walls and ceilings are covered with depictions of heroes and maidens, battles, and saintly holy men. Clearly, Leopold II left no detail to chance and spared no expense in realizing his dream castle. If at all possible, reserve your tickets in advance. The lines at the ticket office can be long. The castle tour is amazing! It is a monument to extravagance in the most beautiful setting. Reminders/Things to Know Before You Go: • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—plan ahead and book a skip-the-line tour to avoid the hassle. • Wear suitable walking shoes if you opt to walk up to the castle—the road is uphill and uneven in places. • The castle is wheelchair-accessible with buses and carriages that can bring visitors up the hill to the entrance; inside, you'll also find elevators. • Plan to spend about 2-3 hours at the castle, excluding wait times.
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