Neuschwanstein castle was the inspiration for Disney`s Sleeping Beauty castle. It is probably the most visited castle in Germany, meaning when you go you won`t be alone.
Here are some tips:
- Decide in advance if you want to visit the castle inside, as you have to make reservations for a tour. A tour will take about 35 minutes and costs 12 euro/adult* (More info)
- The best shot of the castle (except if you can actually fly over it) is from the Marienbrücke. You can get here by either walking up, BUT don`t underestimate the hike up, it`s a steep hill! Or you can take a shuttle for 1,80 euros* (2,60 return) that takes you to about 5 minutes from the bridge.
- My tip, take the bus up and walk down, this way you get some extra good viewing points for more photos of the area. (Too tired and didn`t buy a ticket, you can buy one up there for 1 euro if you still want to take the bus back)
- It takes you about 20 minutes to get from the Marienbrücke to the castle, so calculate that in when you`ve booked a tour as you don`t want to miss your tour. Your tour number will display on a screen after which you will be able to enter to begin the tour.
- It`s another 20 minutes to get down from the castle to the shops, bars and parking
- Food and drinks are not overly expensive which I was expecting at a touristy location, so you can easily buy a pretzel or sandwich here when you get hungry
- You can park your car all day on the parking at the bottom of the castle for 5 euros*
- We went in the morning which was a good idea, before the buses with tourists arrive
Schlöss Neuschwanstein as seen from the Marienbrücke:
Not many people know that next to Neuschwanstein Castle there is another castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria.
You can also visit this castle for 12 euros/adult* (Check for opening hours)
Here`s a map to show you where everything is, as you can see they`re close together.
And it doesn`t stop, Ludwig II liked his castles. Schlöss Linderhof is the smallest of the three castles built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.
You can visit this castle for 8.5 euros/adult*, but walking around in the gardens and around the castle is free. The parking is 2.5 euros*. (Check for opening hours) This castle is located about an hours drive from the other two castles.
There`s also a combi-ticket called “Königsschlösser” that will give you single entry to Schlöss Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Herrenchiemsee for 24 euros*.
These are only a few of the castles in Germany, but probably the most visited ones. There`s one more I want to share with you and that`s Herrenchiemsee, but that`s a whole new post.
What`s your favorite German castle?
*Prices were accurate at time of publishing