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. Put Neuschwanstein Castle into our Hohenschwangau trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • We avoid tourist traps like the plague, but couldn't resist the lure of the "Cinderella" castle. First of all, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing your tickets in advance; it will save you an hour+ wait in ...  more »
  • Residential premises a little, but it is not a decorative Castle Theatre in its purest form. The duration of the audio guide (and another in Russian no)-half an hour. Price 12-14 euro (depending on the package). Doubted themselves-whether it is worth exploring the Castle. Worth it! Just don't put high expectations)))
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  • Possibly the most iconic Castle in Europe; and the truth is that it is a region with much charm that is worth visiting. It is very pleasant to stroll up to the Castle, surround it by different paths, ice cream at one of the nearby ice cream parlors and ultimately succumb to the landscapes of fairy tale reminiscent of this region. The only but, a great but for many including myself included, is its excessive overcrowding. Unlike other castles "of the mad King", many less crowded (and very interesting) this summer can seem overwhelming.
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  • The seemingly only public restroom around the ticket center was closed when we arrived to pick up our early tickets, but there are alternatives available if you ask nicely. Walking up to the castle is much faster than the 40min they announce at the info, so you can take it easy. The guided tours are quite short, too short for my taste - you don't have a lot of time to look at the rooms you visit in detail, which is a pity because the castle itself is really quite beautiful. So, our experience wasn't perfect, but well worth the visit!
  • Beautiful Castle! Fairytale kinda castle. But it is honestly nicer from far away. It is very crowded and I can only imagine how busy it is in summer time. The buses were not going up to the castle when we went yesterday due to weather (although it was beautiful outside). You could still pay and wait for the carriage (Yes, Yes, horses) to go up but the wait was prob ably hours. You can only visit the castle with a guide but the tours get quickly booked and they don't have much option so again, long wait. So we decided to walk and just go see the castle. We didn't do the tour and we walked the approx. 1 mile up. It was still worth the trip and we saved some money!! It was our second castle and we knew we would only see a few rooms so we were still happy that we didn't get to see the inside. The small town is beautiful and there is also another Castle you can visit!
  • Bavaria is home to dozens of royal castles, but the most famous were built for King Ludwig II, the "Mad King" or "Swan King." The castle is absolutely stunning inside and out. The tour was brisk but enjoyable. Photographs are NOT allowed inside the castle. Which is unfortunate for the interior walls and ceilings are covered with depictions of heroes and maidens, battles, and saintly holy men. Clearly, Leopold II left no detail to chance and spared no expense in realizing his dream castle. If at all possible, reserve your tickets in advance. The lines at the ticket office can be long. The castle tour is amazing! It is a monument to extravagance in the most beautiful setting. Reminders/Things to Know Before You Go • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—plan ahead and book a skip-the-line tour to avoid the hassle. • Wear suitable walking shoes if you opt to walk up to the castle—the road is uphill and uneven in places. • The castle is wheelchair-accessible with buses and carriages that can bring visitors up the hill to the entrance; inside, you'll also find elevators. • Plan to spend about 2-3 hours at the castle, excluding wait times.
  • I've wanted to visit this magical place for ages and I wasn't disappointed. The castle is absolutely stunning inside and out. Unfortunately, we did go on a day that there was a heavy mist, snow, the viewing bridge was closed and there was scaffolding up on some of it but it was still very impressive. The tour was good but I did think the size of the groups that were taking the tour at any one time were a bit big and meant that it was a bit of a squeeze when walking around. I would have liked some more time in each room as there is SO much to look at. I would recommend at least 30 minutes for the walk up the hill.
  • Very fun day trip to visit both of these castles. You certainly don't get to see the whole castle but what you do see is spectacular. Great guides, amazing castles, great views, and lots of tourists. We had good weather in April and it was beautiful. Obviously you have to see the view of the castle from the bridge but don't stop there, keep hiking for another great view without the crowd!
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