Our first Bavarian road trip had us drive down the picturesque countryside, full with lush green trees supplanted in dewy meadows, and an expansive skyline that constantly beckoned us to chase it. This wasn’t our first time obsessing over Neuschwanstein Castle Germany. We had always thought of visiting this nineteenth-century castle for a long time now, so it was no surprise that driving down to the castle made us feel romantically inclined to click endless photos and stop every few miles to just stare at the beauty that surrounded us!
Visit Neuschwanstein Castle Germany
Just seven weeks after his death in 1886, the castle was opened up for visitors, and has witnessed a steady stream of tourists ever since. Standing tall with a limestone facade to support it’s magnificent built, the process of construction began in 1872. It was not finished until 1892, before when the King had already moved in to the castle as a provisional accommodation.
Today the castle stands stupendous and is recognizable from afar. While we approached the entrance, though, we also felt relieved at having bought our tickets online. It saved us the prospect of standing hours in the long queue!
Through the interiors, a number of recurring symbols like swans appeared in different forms- on the walls, as paintings, and even tiny sculptures. Moreover, what fascinated us was the intricate system devised to make the King’s stay here peaceful. Modern technology infused with palatial comforts made this his prime getaway. From the bell system he used to summon his attendants to the lift used to commute between floors, everything seemed intricately devised and efficiently implemented.
It took us a while to have a look around the entire castle. The interiors also boast of some sophisticated art that calls for leisurely looking around.
Once we had spent out time wandering around, we decided to drive back to our homely stay in Wettringen. However, we noticed a number of tourists tend to linger around for longer. Mostly, visitors book homestays or hotels in Munich, Fussen, or a tiny village called Hohenschwangau close to the castle.
While we don’t complain about driving back, we bet staying on is a pretty good option for those who’s likely to get away from familiar surroundings for a bit!
We also plan on doing a lot of other castle tours and visiting German music festivals later this year.
Know Before you Go to Neuschwanstein Castle Germany:
- Wear comfortable shoes that allow you to walk around for long.
- Book your tickets online and avoid a long queue at http://www.hohenschwangau.de/ticketcenter.0.html)
- If you don’t want to spend time looking inside the castle, you could hike to Queen Mary’s Bridge for some scenic shots of the surrounding. A lot of tourists opt to shoot from the bridge instead which is a thirty minute walk, or a ten minute bus ride (which costs around $2.20 per ticket) from the castle.
- Photography is prohibited inside the castle, so leave your camera behind and treat your eyes to a visual extravaganza!
- Wish for a small picnic, or are spending a day or two more near the castle? Consider hiking to Lake Alpsee near Hohenschwangau. It is an uphill trek, but be comfortably clothed, carry enough to eat, and you should be good to go!
- Not sure if you want to visit the interiors? Know that there is a general lack of information about the stunning interiors that could spoil the fun. Also, cameras aren’t allowed inside. So decide accordingly.
Despite everything, Neuschwanstein remains one of the most gorgeous palatial escapes we have ever visited. The weather seems in favour most of the time, as does the friendly local population!