A Day Trip to Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

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!

Neuschwanstein castle Germany

Admiring gorgeous castle from the Queen’s Mary Bridge

Visit Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle attracts about 1.4 million tourists from all over the globe every year, making it one of the most visited castles in Europe. Legend has it that King Ludwig II, who happened to be a lone ranger, had this castle built to stay away from the public eye.

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.

Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Dreamy castle view from afar

Beautiful Neuschwanstein castle

Unbelievably gorgeous castle

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 Castle Tour

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.

Ticket for Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Properly guidance for your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Hohenschwangau castle

Hohenschwangau castle looks gorgeous

Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany

Spend some time looking at the castle from the countryside

Neuschwanstein Castle

Awed by the beauty surrounding Neuschwanstein Castle

Know Before you Go to Neuschwanstein Castle Germany:

  1. Wear comfortable shoes that allow you to walk around for long.
  2. Book your tickets online and avoid a long queue at  http://www.hohenschwangau.de/ticketcenter.0.html)
  3. 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.
  4. Photography is prohibited inside the castle, so leave your camera behind and treat your eyes to a visual extravaganza!
  5. 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!
  6. 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.

Way to Alpsee

Alpsee near Neuschwanstein Castle

You can hike 13 kms to get gorgeous views of Alpsee

Lunch Neuschwanstein Castle

And finally Lunch at Indian restaurant in Fussen

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!

Also Read: A Day-Trip to Bamberg, Germany

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  • Reply GiGi Eats July 3, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    OMG THIS IS SERIOUSLY OUT OF A MOVIE!!! Your photos are absolutely captivating!!! I need to get my butt over to GERMANY ASAP!

    • Reply Prerna Harsh July 29, 2018 at 11:14 pm

      hehe. Yes Gigi, you certainly need to put Germany on your must visit list. This castle (in fact the whole of Bavaria) is simply stunning.:)

  • Reply Amber Myers July 3, 2018 at 8:04 pm

    This is such a stunning area. I would love to go here one day. Your photos are incredible.

  • Reply Ann F. Snook-Moreau July 3, 2018 at 8:54 pm

    Germany is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been! I have been dying to visit this castle, so it’s good to know that it is worth the trip. I’m also intrigued by what the inside looks like now! haha

  • Reply Sarah Bailey July 3, 2018 at 11:24 pm

    Oh my goodness how amazing does that castle look! I have to say Germany is somewhere I am yet to visit but I think I will have to add this to my list!

  • Reply Melissa July 4, 2018 at 12:44 am

    It’s so beautiful, and you took some great photographs while you were there! Ever since I took German class in high school, I have wanted to go see the castles!

  • Reply Ada July 4, 2018 at 7:07 am

    These photos are amazing! That castle looks absolutely incredible! I would love to see something like this when I visit Germany!

  • Reply Spring Pham July 4, 2018 at 1:39 pm

    Such a great post <3 Hope that one day I could have a chance to visit Germany. I`m sure that my experience there will be one of the most memorable moments in my life. Thank you

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea July 4, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    The castle looks absolutely beautiful! Like a scene out of a fairytale story. You captured a lot of amazing sights in your photos. I’d love to visit here someday.

  • Reply Nina July 4, 2018 at 5:00 pm

    oh my goodness, Germany looks so breathtaking 🙂 I hope to go there one day !!!!

    • Reply Prerna Harsh July 29, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      It definitely is, Nina. Hope can see this castle soon 🙂

  • Reply Ally July 4, 2018 at 5:52 pm

    This castle looks like its straight out of a fairytale! Traveling to Germany is something I hope I get the chance to do someday and I will absolutely be checking out this gorgeous castle!

  • Reply Emma Riley July 5, 2018 at 6:10 am

    Germany is really a nice place to visit. This place really gives you a very stunning views and scenery that you will not see in the other country. This is such a true place of all prince and princesses.

  • Reply LavandaMichelle July 5, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    Oh my! This place looks wonderful, I love all of the pictures. I’d love to travel here. Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  • Reply Carrie Liu July 5, 2018 at 3:55 pm

    This place looks amazing! Really enjoyed your photos. I would love to visit this castle in the future!

  • Reply David Allen Elliott July 5, 2018 at 9:53 pm

    It’s strange to think of a castle being built that recently. I suppose they do get built all the time. But the one here really does look beautiful. I do need to make it out to Germany sometime.

  • Reply Aadya July 6, 2018 at 2:29 am

    Lovely photos. I hope you had the great trip. I loved the click sitting in the countryside and looking at the castle also you wrote very important point where photography is not allowed inside the castle. Sometimes its good to look at things than clicking them.

  • Reply Samuel frodo July 6, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    This is certainly a stuff of legends, i had never previously heard about this castle, although coincidentally I heard read about king Ludwig just recently. Great stuff I hope to get to see it one day

  • Reply Nicole July 6, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    These photos are amazing! I would love to visit Germany one day and I will definitely be stopping here. The view is so captivating! Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Kiwi July 16, 2018 at 6:22 pm

    First I just want to say you all have taken some really nice photos. I have never visited a real castle but this looks so whimsical and magical!

    • Reply Prerna Harsh July 29, 2018 at 11:11 pm

      Thanks Kiwi. Well that’s the beauty of this castle – it’s just supremely beautiful and magical 🙂 Hope you get to visit soon.

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