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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 really is the fairytale Castle, not only than that of snow white, but of those that everyone has dreamed of as kids!! It is one of the most beautiful sights I've ever seen. and it is in all seasons! Have happened here in the snow but was told it is a wondrous place even in summer. Due to snow in fact, unfortunately, I could not visit the bridge. Stage absolutely obligated and reached by an hour about by train from Munich.
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  • This is the Castle reproduced in the puzzle; the wonder rebuilt for Disneyland Paris, the symbol of the castles of Bavaria. Located near the village of Fussen and can be reached by bus. From the bus stop the possibilities are three: 1) walk 2) take the carriage with horse and costs 6 euros per person 3) get on the second bus. Observing the Castle from a distance, one can find stateliness, harmony and regularity, but also creativity and original elements. A turreted structure, dating back to late 800, with beautiful colors outside and wonderful inside. The size is huge and it is to be considered almost an honor to enter and be able to admire the interiors. Unfortunately, due to the large influx of tourists, you can only visit in groups and the visit is conducted somewhat hastily. Between a stanzona and the other seems to bump into King Ludwig II (Ludwig II), who, poor guy was declared insane and deposed from the throne, while remaining, as predicted by itself, an unsolved Riddle. Tickets must be booked or must arrive within a certain time, otherwise you may not get in. Do not miss the walk to the bridge of Mary (Marienbrucke), which offers a unique and unforgettable, between Castle, mountains and River below. On that bridge the time seems to stop. Emotions rise and fall from the eyes to the heart and make it difficult to disconnect from that place so lovely.
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  • Went on a bus tour from Prague "Munich and castles of Bavaria". The first castle, which we saw was Hohenschwangau, it give the impression that the Royal family only recently left their rooms. Neuschwanstein Castle is quite different tale. Really touched the story of fairy-tale King Ludwig the second Bavarian, who built this castle, but never managed to live in it. Very romantic place. The castle is built in the mountains, climb you can walk about 1.5 km, on horses for 6 euros and by bus. At the top of the castle with observation decks and great views.
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  • Genuinely as good and as beautiful as you think it will be. Easy train visit from Munich, well worth the journey. You have to visit this castle if you're anywhere near the area. Its a bit of a walk up the hill to the castle but if it's a problem you can get a horse ride up, no problems. Spectacular views and well worth moving around to view the castle from the bridge for the 'classic' view. Absolutely breath taking.
  • One of the most gorgeous places I've been to, inside and out! Definitely worth a visit. We went on Oct.31 and there were a lot of people but it wasn't unpleasantly crowded. We reserved tickets in advance and didn't have to wait in line at all. Wear good walking shoes - there is a LOT of uphill walking!
  • The castle is not far away so much from the parking slot. You can walk and enjoy the view along the route. There are multiple view you can get some good pictures back. By the way I would recommend you to the bridge that you could get beautiful view of this castle. Please prepare you water before arrival because the price is charged a little bit.
  • I think enough has been said and written about this place, so I don't need to elaborate any further. Picture-perfect setting and gorgeous views combine to make this an unforgettable experience. Only downside was the rather dull and slow train ride that we had to sit through to get to the castle. After exiting the castle (assuming you do the castle tour), turn left to go to "the bridge". On the way, there's a sharp turn to the left. At this point, you will get gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside, the mountains and the tiny towns/villages below you. A perfect spot for some great selfies and profile pics. Continue on the same path to go to the bridge which will invariably be extremely crowded. I don't know what the weight limits are for the bridge but it definitely made me nervous. Push through the crowds to the other end of the bridge from where you can take pictures of the castle more easily.
  • Amazing castle.. Like a fairytale. Not comparable to Italian or French Renaissance buildings inside, but very very nice. The guide was quite cold and there was no engagement, but it was "ok". (We were a big group and I don't know if that influenced that.) The view from the bridge and the top of the near "mountain" is amazing. Never seen something like that before.