You would like to visit a castle like the one in Disney's fairy tales? It is said that the famous production house was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle, the great home of King Ludwig in the far south of Bavaria, nestled in the mountain woods and with a splendid view of Lake Alpsee, thus recreating the image of an enchanted place.
Here everything you need to know for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle!
- Where is it and how to get there
- Hours and prices
- Tours, guided tours and tickets online
- What to see and how to visit Neuschwanstein Castle
- Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
- User questions and comments
Where is it and how to get there
- By car: via the A7 motorway to Füssen, then take the B17 state road towards Schwangau. From there you have to cross the village and then turn right to Hohenschwangau. Here is the parking for visitors where there is the possibility to rent a carriage, take the shuttle or continue on foot, as it is not possible to get to the castle by car - Get directions
- By train: from any location to Füssen
- By bus: from Füssen take bus 78 to Schwangau getting off at the Hohenschwangau Neuschwanstein Castles stop, which is the visitor center where the cash desks are located
Hours and prices
Neuschwanstein Castle is always open, the only days of closure are January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st. The castle receives many visitors and for this reason visits must be booked, us we advise you to choose the opening time until around 11:00 to make a quieter visit with fewer tourists around. As for tickets, you can choose whether to visit the inside of the castle or stay only outside and, for some visitors, there are reductions or free admission.
- from April to October 15 from 9:00 to 18:00 - from October 16 to March from 10:00 to 16:00
- Best time to avoid queues: between 9:00 and 11:00
- € 13,00 to visit the inside of the castle, free to visit only the external park
- Reductions: € 12,00 for groups of 15 people, students, soldiers, disabled people and people over 65
- Free: admission is free up to 18 years and for those who have purchased the annual pass of the Bavarian Castle Administration
Tours, guided tours and tickets online
What to see and how to visit Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle is divided into a large outdoor park, several floors and many rooms. Starting from the lower floor there are the rooms that were used for the servants, but the more you go up and go on with the visit, the more you come across luxurious rooms with sparkling furnishings and adorned with colorful paintings religious themed or depicting some episodes of Germanic and Nordic sagas.
We recommend visiting the castle with a guide (starting from € 45,00) to fully appreciate all its charm.
Here are some of the things and rooms you will find inside!
1 - The Golden Fountain
In the immense garden, right in front of the entrance to the castle, you cannot fail to notice this sumptuous fountain. A large square basin with a golden statue in the center depicting a woman and little angels.
But this is only the beginning of all the luxury that awaits you!
2 - The Throne Room
This surely is the most beautiful room in the whole castle, made in the Byzantine style. In the room you immediately notice the Carrara marble steps that lead to a throne entirely of gold and ivory unfortunately never finished, a gilded brass candelabrum with 96 candles and paintings depicting the Apostles, Christ and Mary, the kings , various episodes of life and a castle that should have been built before the death of King Ludovico.
3 - The Dining Room
In this other sumptuous room there are as many paintings, but this time with depictions of the poetic contest of the singers held in 1207. You will also immediately notice the red silk curtains, the table and a mechanism that was used to slide the dishes from the dining room to the kitchens below, so that no one could disturb the king during meals.
4 - The Bedroom
This room was made entirely in Gothic style and the main details are the oak wood carvings which were made by 14 carvers over 4 years of work. The curtains, carpets and blankets are blue, the same shade of blue as the Bavarian flag, and feature Bavarian embroideries and coats of arms. In addition the room offers a beautiful view of the Pöllath waterfalls.
5 - The Royal Stay
The living room consists of a large main hall, a large bookcase and a smaller room called the swan's corner. Some columns separate the three rooms and there are obviously numerous paintings to adorn the room, but this time depicting the story of Tristan and Isolde.
6 - The Rooms of the Servants
These rooms are located at the base of the castle and are obviously more bare than the rooms inhabited by the king. The servants' rooms are furnished with only the beds and some simple oak furniture and the windows have opaque glass due to the king's wish not to be seen as he entered and exited.
7 - The staircase of honor
The grand staircase is the large staircase that leads from the rooms below to the upper apartments. We can define it a main and royal staircase whose use was reserved only to the king and his guests, while the servants had to use a normal secondary staircase.
8 - The Sala dei Cantori
This room was unified with the ballroom and came conceived for court celebrations, although the first event held inside was the commemoration of the death of Wagner, so loved by King Ludovico. Here too there are several paintings on all the walls but the peculiarity lies in the series of arches on the west side.
9 - The Royal Apartments
There are eight smaller rooms on the third floor, intended for exclusive use by King Ludwig. These rooms are furnished with furniture that followed the fashion of that time and embellished with frescoes and tapestries.
10 - The Firm
This room represents the place where King Louis retired to pursue his business. In the center there is in fact a table and several chairs and there is no shortage of candelabra and candles, frescoes and paintings, curtains and carpets, all without a shadow of a doubt very luxurious.
Useful tips for visiting the attraction
- Get up early: the ideal would be to reach the entrance by 10:00
- Buy the city card: if you are interested in visiting other castles in Bavaria you can purchase the annual pass offered by the Bavarian Castles Administration at a cost of € 45,00 to enter over 40 attractions without paying for additional tickets. Alternatively, the Munich City Card is available from € 12,90 with discounts on transport and attractions
- Online ticket: Given the high number of visitors, it would be better to buy tickets online in advance and for a specific date. This will also save you from having to queue at the cash desk! Day tours available from Munich (from € 45,00)
- Reservation request : as an alternative to the online ticket, tickets can also be booked and collected at the cash desk on the day of the visit with a small commission of € 1,80
- Watch out for restrictions: bulky backpacks, baby carriages and baby carriers are not allowed in the castle, and it is also forbidden to shoot and use the flash to take pictures
- Punctuality: since the entrance ticket includes a guided tour that must be booked for a specific time, on the official website of the Neuschwanstein Castle it is specified that the visits start on time and those who do not reach the castle on time will not be admitted
- Minimum time: the guided tour lasts 30 minutes, but we advise you to consider at least 2 hours for a complete tour of the castle
Historical notes, curiosities and practical info: what to know in brief
Neuschwanstein Castle was built at the end of the th century by King Ludwig as his personal retreat and homage to the musician Wagner, whom he loved so much. The king supported the construction work with his own money without drawing on the state treasury, and this is one of the reasons why the castle it remained in some parts incomplete and renovations and various modifications were never completed or implemented after his death.
The name of the castle comes from the area where it is located, the territory of Schwangau whose translation is Swan County, from which it takes the name of New Swan stronghold.
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