Every year more than 1 million people visit Neuschwanstein Castle (the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle”) in the southern part of Bavaria/Germany, close to the town Füssen. It´s the castle that inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. Neuschwanstein is listed on many bucket lists around the world. And there’s a reason for it. It’s special from the outside and inside as well.
We show you our best tips (from various visits to the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castle), as well as tips on what to do after visiting the castles. There are lots of other interesting things to see and do around Schwangau.
Tips for the Neuschwanstein Castle:
1. If you don´t want to wait for hours in queues to get inside, go there in winter time.
It should be a lot less crowded in the off season. I followed my own advice and visited Neuschwanstein and castle Hohenschwangau (which are located close to each other) in February 2016 again. Not many people and we even had the Cafe-Bistro on our own. It is located inside the castle Neuschwanstein and the prices for drinks and food are reasonable and not overpriced as we first thought. I liked the atmosphere inside the café. The walls are covered in paintings and you have a great view over the castle Hohenschwangau and the Alpsee lake.
2. Watch the video at the end of your visit
It shows you how the castle was built and how it should have looked like. Did you know that it should have more towers and buildings than it has?
You get your ticket only at the ticket center. The current price (2016) for visiting the castle Neuschwanstein is € 12. If you want to see the castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau get the combined ticket, which is currently € 23. (You’ll find more information and the current prices here)
You are also able to book your ticket online in advance.
On the ticket it tells you when you have to be at the entrance to enter the castle. Normall you have plenty of time until you can enter the castle. First you have to walk up for about 20 minutes. You can go there by bus or do a carriage ride too, which I don’t recommend. The path is not very, but it is steep and the horses have to pull a lot of weight. That’s why in my opinion it’s better to have a walk up to the castle.
If you have enough time then…
4. …don´t miss a short walk to the Marien bridge
It is a 15 minute walk from the Neuschwanstein castle where you get an amazing view of the castle like the one below (from a former visit in summer time):
5. If you have time walk down the Pöllatschlucht (canyon)
Things to see and do around the castles
– swim and relax in the “Kristalltherme” . Especially at night you can enjoy a spectacular view of the Neuschwanstein castle while you relax in the heated outside pool.
8. The longest bride in the world in tibetian style
A 25 minute drive with your car to Austria brings you to the Highline 179 in Reutte, the currently longest bridge in tibetian style.
In this video you won´t see the inside of Neuschwanstein Castle because it´s not allowed to take pictures and video inside. Instead you will see some views from the Marienbridge and a view down to the Hohenschwangau castle and the Alpsee lake in summer time.
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