The fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle is located in the Bavarian Alps in Schwangau. It is one of the most visited attractions in Germany.
About Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein belonged to King Louis II. and although most people think the castle is old, it was built only in the 19th century. Ludovit was also a well-known collector of art and was also nicknamed the Fairy-tale King. Unfortunately, Ludwig spent only 172 nights at his dream castle, then he died. The name of Neuschwanstein Castle is also very interesting. In a literal translation, New Swan Stone? Well, the word swan is not there in vain. In the vicinity of the chateau in the time of Ludwig there were very many swans and so they got the chateau and its name.
Tickets and Sightseeing
As Neuschwanstein is a famous tourist attraction, it is visited by tourists from all over the world. However, this also means long ticket rows and a limited number of entries per day. It may happen that if you arrive in the summer during the peak season, you may not get into the castle at all.
Online tickets are not available! I recommend you come early in the morning and buy them on the spot. Then you can reach the castle either by bus, carriage or on foot. I walked because it wasn’t a long distance at all. You can find the tour price list HERE.
There you will find many interesting facts about Neuschwanstein and you will also see the beautiful interior of the castle with one of the first telephones, which was procured by Ludwig or the “cave room” from which he had a beautiful view of the landscape. In addition, tours are offered in many languages.
Beautiful views of Neuschwanstein from Marienbrücke. Most of the castle photos were taken from there. When I was in the castle, I met a local who advised me to go even further on Marienbrrücke, because I had a view of both the castle and the bridge.
Other points of interest near Schwangau
Since one castle is never enough, find here also Hohenschwangau. This is to change the chateau of the People’s Church and it is also worth a visit.
For those interested in history, this is also the Museum of the Bavarian Kings.
Right next to the museum there is a lake where I recommend stopping at sunset. As the Alps are located behind the lake, there is no ideal place to watch the sunset.
On the way from Neuschwanstein to Marienbrücke you can also enjoy the beautiful scales of the tarn, the Alps as well as the Hohenschwangau.
If you are going on a roadtrip and want to explore other interesting places in Bavaria and its surroundings, I recommend visiting Munich, Stuttgart, or one of the most beautiful villages in the world – Dinkelsbühl, or see List of 8 most beautiful places in Bavaria.