Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world. According to legend, it is believed that this castle became the creative basis for the Castle Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney, as well as inspired Tchaikovsky to write the famous ballet “Swan Lake”.
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Germany in the Alps, in a very picturesque place near the Schwansee Lake. Lake name, translated from German means – Swan Lake. For such reason they call the castle Neuschwanstein – means New Swan Stone.
P.S. Second picture I took from here.
According to statistics, each year Neuschwanstein visited by about 1.3 million people. Photos of the castle, made from the famous bridge Marienbrücke, became a collective image of the German castles. They are printed on hundreds of thousands of postcards, cups, T-shirts and even mouse pads.
Suspension bridge Marienbrücke, a little older than Neuschwanstein, he stretched at a height of 92 meters above the 45 meter waterfall. This bridge was named after the mother king Ludwig II, Queen Mary, Princess of Prussia.
According to legend, King Ludwig II of Bavaria in 1861, saw the famous Richard Wagner opera “Lohengrin” and the plot of this opera is so inspired the king, that he decided to build a castle. Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the 1800s. Ludwig II wanted to build it on a lonely rock, like a lonely place from people. Unfortunately, by the time of the king’s death, the castle was still not completed. They finished work later.
I visited Castle Neuschwanstein in the summer, this period is considered the high season and at this time of the day this castle visited by about 6,000 people. I was faced with the fact that I could not get in, because tickets for the castle were already sold out for the day. And in that moment, I even could not imagine that such a situation can be.
That is why I would like to give you a few practical tips to help you avoid my mistakes and to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle without incident.
Firstly, it is important to know that Neuschwanstein Castle is located on the territory of the German municipality of Schwangau. But in this area, you can find also other attractions such as the Castle Hohenschwangau (royal residence, in which King Ludwig II grew up) and the Museum of the Bavarian kings. They are located next to each other, that means if you want, you can see them all in one day. But the most popular destination is the Neuschwanstein Castle.
The exact address of the castle: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany, it is approximately 120 km from Munich.
Tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle can be booked online on the official website or buy at the ticket office Hohenschwangau. As I said, the castle in the summertime visited by many people, and a tour of the castle, is possible only with a guide. Therefore, despite the fact that the tours starts every five minutes, it may be that the next time (on which you can buy a ticket and to come in) will be avaliable only after 3-4 hours! That is why in order to avoid misunderstanding, I recommend you pre-book your tickets. For advance booking, you will be asked to pay a small fee, but believe my experience will save your time and nerves.
A small disadvantage is that to pick up reserved tickets – you still have to go to the ticket office Hohenschwangau. But the line that you have to stay, always shorter and faster. Also, a huge plus is the fact that in this case the tour guaranteed.
You must pick up tickets at least one hour before the specified entrance time. Online reservations can be made at the latest before 15:00 (local time) two days prior to your visit.
From office Hohenschwangau to the castle can be reached in three possible ways: on foot, in a carriage, and on the bus. I recommend going on foot, for two reasons: first it is good for health, and secondly on the way you can stop to take photos, because castle is located in a very picturesque place. The road from the office Hohenschwangau to Neuschwanstein Castle takes you about 30 minutes, maybe more, it all depends on your walking speed and how many times you stop to take photos.
It is important to know that on the bus, you can only partially reduce the way. The bus stops in front of the hotel Schlosshotel Lisl and takes you to the stop “Marienbrücke”: from there in five minutes you can walk to the famous bridge Marienbrücke, or 15 minutes prior to the Neuschwanstein Castle. Keep in mind that the bus doesn’t go in the bad weather conditions (snow, ice, etc.) and do not forget the queue for boarding the bus, if you go there in the summer.
As I mentioned above, unfortunately at the time of my visiting the castle I did not know all nuances, so I couldn’t see the Neuschwanstein Castle from the inside. I just walked around. If you have visited this fabulous castle inside, share your impressions in the comments?!
Well that’s all, I wish you a pleasant visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle!