Tips For Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle – Local’s Guide for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle

Every year more than 1 million people visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the famous castle in Germany. It is also known as the “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle” or the Disney / Cinderella castle in Germany.

Castle Neuschwanstein is situated in the southern part of Bavaria, also called Allgäu, and close to the city of Füssen. It is the castle that inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom.

As I live 30 minutes away from one of the most beautiful castles in the world, I know everything you need to know about visiting the Castle Neuschwanstein.

In this guide I will show you the best tips for visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. Included are tips about what to do after visiting the castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle, which is located next to Neuschwanstein, as well as other must-see places and things to do around Schwangau.

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Tips for Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle:

Neuschwanstein is listed on many bucket lists around the world as a must-see. And there is a reason for it. It is special from the outside and the inside as well.

1. Neuschwanstein Castle Winter

If you do not want to wait hours in a queue to get inside, go there in wintertime or book a guided Neuschwanstein castle tour from Munich. You can also book a skip-the-line package.

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) twice in the winter. Fewer people visited the castle, and we even had the Cafe-Bistro to ourselves.

The café is inside castle Neuschwanstein, and the prices for drinks and food are reasonable and not overpriced.

I liked the atmosphere inside the café. The walls are covered in paintings, and you have a great view of the Hohenschwangau castle, and the Alpsee lake.

Tips For Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle - The Fairytale Castle in Southern Germany

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 was supposed to have more towers and buildings than it has?


3. Ticket for Neuschwanstein Castle

You get your Neuschwanstein castle tickets only at the ticket center or you book a skip-the-line tour in advance. The current price for visiting the castle Neuschwanstein starts from € 17,50. If you want to see Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle, get the combined ticket, which is currently from € 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, you will see the designated time for being at the entrance. Normally, 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 long, but it is steep and the horses have to pull a lot of weight.
That’s why – in my opinion – it’s better to walk up to the castle.

4. Neuschwanstein Castle Bridge – Marienbrücke

It is a 15-minute walk from the Neuschwanstein castle to the Marienbrücke bridge. It is a popular spot because you have an amazing view of the castle. If you are there in winter time, it is possible that the bridge is closed.

5. Pöllatschlucht Canyon

If you have time walk down the Pöllatschlucht (canyon). You have some incredible views up to the Marienbrücke bridge and the castle.

Things to See and Do around the castle Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

6. Füssen (Fussen)

Füssen is the closest city to Neuschwanstein castle and it is great to spend your time walking above the trees at the Baumwipfelpfad. Close to Füssen is also the Lechfall waterfall. Read everything you need to know about the best Things To Do in Fussen (Local’s Guide).

Tips For Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle - The Fairytale Castle in Southern Germany

Füssen itself is a beautiful little city in Bavaria and it is highly recommended to walk around in the old town.

Tips For Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle - The Fairytale Castle in Southern Germany

7. Schwangau

In Schwangau at the spa, you can 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. Highline179: The longest bridge 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.

Tips For Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle - The Fairytale Castle in Southern Germany

9. Schloss Linderhof

Castle Linderhof is about an hour away from Neuschwanstein Castle. It was also built by Ludwig II. and is a beautiful castle situated in a stunning garden.

10. Zugspitze – Germany’s Highest Mountain

Also about an hour’s drive away from Neuschwanstein Castle is the Zugspitze. It is Germany’s highest mountain. Part of the mountain belongs to Germany and to Austria. You can literally jump between two countries on top of the Zugspitze mountain.

You can get up there from the German side close to Garmisch-Partenkirchen or from the Austrian side from Ehrwald. In wintertime,  the Zuspitze is a skiing area, and if you want to experience something unique, you can SLEEP IN AN ICE-HOTEL ON TOP OF GERMANYS HIGHEST MOUNTAIN.


What is the closest airport to Neuschwanstein Castle?

The closest airport to Neuschwanstein Castle is Memmingen (Munich West), followed by the international airport in Munich, and Innsbruck in Austria.

Can you stay at Neuschwanstein Castle?

No, you can't stay in Neuschwanstein Castle or Hohenschwangau Castle, but there is a great hotel right next to the castles, the AMERON Neuschwanstein Hotel.

Best way to visit Neuschwanstein Castle?

The best way to visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich or Frankfurt is by car or by booking a guided tour. You can also take the train and then a bus to get to Neuschwanstein Castle.

How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich?

You can get to Neuschwanstein castle with a Munich to Fussen train (Füssen). There is no direct train from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is located outside of Füssen, but there are buses going to the castle. By car, it takes you around two hours from Munich to drive to the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Where is Neuschwanstein Castle?

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in the southern part of Germany, close to the Austrian border. The closest city is Füssen (Fussen). You can reach Neuschwanstein Castle in about 2 hours from Munich airport, or about 4 1/2 to 5 hours from Frankfurt airport.


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zuletzt aktualisiert am September 13, 2023

42 thoughts on “Tips For Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle – Local’s Guide for the Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle”

  1. I think we had a Neuschwanstein jigsaw puzzle when I was a kid, so this spot is definitely etched in my memory. That’s a beautiful shot of the castle through the bridge with the locks. Thanks for the great tips for what to enjoy around this site!

  2. Seems like a beautiful place to visit. I came across this place via someone’s blog last week. Its definitely going on the list!

  3. A visit to Neuschwanstein is to be had! I would think that visiting it in the winter time is far better, it must looks very beautiful covered in snow with the backdrop of snow-capped mountains.

  4. Looks like a real fairytale castle. No wonder Walt Disney was inspired by it! Would love to see the inside, so this is one more place to visit on my list. 🙂

    • The inside is beautiful as well but you are not allowed to take pictures or film it that´s why I only have pictures about the outside of the castle.

  5. I love my visit here years ago, and I still can’t believe that it isn’t more popular or famous than it actually is given how recognisable it is. And I totally agree about spending time in Fussen!

  6. I’m so sad we missed Neuschwanstein while in Germany last fall – there is so much to see in the world it’s sometimes a bit overwhelming. Love that shot of the castle through the bridge grating 🙂

    • It is true that there´s such a lot to see in the world but maybe you have another chance to come back to Germany and/or Austria to see more from the region.

  7. I’ve always wanted to see Neuschwanstein – those German castles are amazing.

  8. I, too, really enjoyed that photo through the locks on the bridge. Great, unexpected, view of an often photographed site.

  9. Look like a lovely place to visit! I have seen lots of castles but I would love to visit this one too! Especially if the weather is nice :)!

  10. I’m really looking forward to checking out all the old castles when I finally get to Europe!

  11. EEk! This is fab! We are riding there from Prague in a couple of weeks on the Harley! Getting excited now! Thanks for the tips!

  12. would love to go there! Will definitely take your advice and go in winter, maybe winter this year!! We should be around there at around that time, well Oktoberfest anyway.

    • I guess it´s not that crowded any more in September but I have no idea. I´m sure it depends on the weather conditions too. Hope you´re having a good time at the Oktoberfest and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Laura.


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