There are few places in the world that I am truly captivated by. That tingling feeling when you’re experiencing something beyond special. Where every corner presents spectacular views, and results in a smile that cannot be wiped off your face. Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany is just that for me. Perfection. Neuschwanstein Castle is listed as one of the world’s top castles to visit. It will enchant anyone with a fairy-tale filled childhood, as the castle was what inspired Walt Disney to build his Disney castle.
Pronounced ‘Noy-shvan-stine’ , this beautiful castle attracts 1.4 million visitors a year, and approximately 6,000 visitors a day during summer. Visiting this stunning castle in the heart of winter was MAGICAL, snow topping the terrain, white snow dusted trees! Visiting in summer is also beautiful, as the greenery is lush. Just keep in mind that there will be plenty more tourists around in summer.
THAT CASTLE MAGIC
Gazing up at its glory, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) sits on the top of a mountain, providing visitors with stunning views of the castle, inside and out. You can either walk up or take a horse and cart to the top for €7pp. We walked up, taking approximately 45 minutes to the base of the castle. Some people opt to take a horse & cart up the hill, but I think the walk is quite scenic! The journey is filled with snow, so ample opportunity for a snowball fight. There is a cute cafe 3/4 of the way up selling quarkbällchen (little donuts made with white cheese!) and souvernirs.
Once you reach the base of the castle, turn right and head to the Marienbrucke bridge, for the most spectacular view of Neuschwanstein castle. The path also leads to a stunning view of the Austrian alps!
Bavaria’s “Mad Monarch” King Ludwig II began planning a series of lavish castles to be built in 1868, where he could indulge in his royalty amongst medieval styling. As it would with any King, his grand dreams exceeded his power and sent him broke and ultimately insane, mysteriously passing away in 1886. Neuschwanstein was quickly opened to the public to start earning money, and since remains one of Germany’s best must things to do and day trips.
HOW TO GET THERE
Neuschwanstein castle is located near Füssen, about 2.5 hours by train from Munich. Once in Füssen, catch the public bus just outside the train station to Schwangau, the foothill of the castles (Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau). Before you leave Füssen, take note of what time the trains back to Munich depart and plan your time accordingly. The staff at the station are well accustom to tourists, and will be able to assist you should you need help.
For the train journey, we made use of the Bayern (Bavaria) ticket. For just €23, the ticket allows for unlimited public transport usage throughout Bavaria (including trains, S-Bahn, trams and buses) for one day from 9am until 3am the following day. In addition, if you are travelling as a pair or in a group, you can purchase for up to 5 passengers on the one ticket, capping costs at €43 for 5 people (rather than €23pp!), presenting a really nice saving! A standard tickets to Fussen will cost around €80pp, so the Bayern Karte is a great option for keeping your day trip budget friendly.
- Book tickets online. The queues are LONG.
- Take water & snacks, once you are up at the castle, there isn’t anything until you walk back down the hill.
- Enjoy it!