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Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau

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Looking like an illustration from a book of fairy tales, Neuschwanstein Castle stands perched on a mountain cliff. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned this 19th-century palace. He paid for it out of his personal fortune rather than from public funds. It was intended as a refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then, more than 60 million people have visited, drawn by the picturesque location and romantic design. Constructed under the direction of architect Eduard Riedel, the building embodies the architectural fashion known as castle romanticism. You'll also note that it embraces Ludwig II's immoderate enthusiasm for the operas of his close friend Richard Wagner. Check the weather conditions before you plan your trip; misty conditions and rain often reduce visibility to almost zero at those heights. You can buy tickets online or at the ticket center in the village below the castle. Take a look at our Hohenschwangau vacation route planner to schedule your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • It was also worth the way interesting and definitely because we live in close proximity. But once seen enough for me personally.
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  • A must see if you're in Bavaria, easy daytrips from Munich with tour groups, gorgeous scenic drive through the beautiful German countryside. Trip can be purchased through the tourist office. Alternati...  more »
  • dont miss it the way to the castle is enjoyable if you want to get inside - better buy the tickets before  more »
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  • What a cool place! The castle is nice but the real gem is all the hiking you can do around it. Just past the castle is a small bridge you can go on to get a great view of the castle and the town of Schwangau. The mountains are gorgeous as well! I would highly recommend going, it's one of those things you might only get to see once!
  • One of the most beautiful places I have ever been in my entire life, and I never made it inside! Grab some hot wine and start walking. I would avoid going during winter as some parts are closed, but don't miss out.
  • Absolute must see if you go to Germany or are in the area. The views are stunning and everything is so picturesque. The history behind it all is interesting too! It costs to tour the castle, but it is definitely worth it.
  • The stunning beauty and splendour of the castle is enhanced when visiting the location in mid to late November. The autumn colours of the forest creates a vivid contrast against the castle backdrop. Although the shuttle bus is not operating due to the snow and ice, the gentle uphill walk via the link road adds to the experience.
  • Got there at around 10 am. No walk in Tickets available anymore. Walked up anyway. Awesome views. Gorgeous castle. Worth visiting even without tickets. Never ending stream of people going there...