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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  • August 18, 2017
    A truly must see place! Beautiful scenery and surroundings. The drive there is beautiful. Rhiel this may not truly compare in age to many other castles in Europe, it is definitely something to see. Th...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    Picturesque castle. We did the tour through the castle and which was quite interesting. The castle is unfinished as Ludwig was only able to complete 16 rooms before his death. For the best pictures an...  more »
  • August 18, 2017
    If your near castle neuschweinstein you have to check it out and do the tour. It's relatively inexpensive and so worth the trip. The castle tour is only 13euros or do both castles for about 25 euros. ...  more »
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  • Really cool place. Have not been inside, only outside. You can go by foot 20min uphill or you could take a public buss for 2.6€ both ways. The bus is crowded in the weekends but it has ac. Full of Asians which are a bit rude and uneducated (throwing stuff on the ground, pushing, screaming, etc) but overall nice. The bridge is open now and offers an awesome view of the castle. Everyone I've talked to agreed that the inside tour is hurried and overpriced as the castle is only 1/3 finished on the inside. You an also buy tickets to the guided tours at the Castle Gates but the best is down in the village. Make sure to be on time for the tour. Food around the castle is outrageously expensive as it is very touristy and international. If you are by car you can drive 20min towards Munich and stop at all the motels that have decent prices and delicious food. Also there are a lot of lakes around worth visiting
  • I love the castle. It is beautiful inside and out. Yes you have to pay money to go inside and yes there are a lot of souvenir shops around. But that doesn't make the castle any less pretty. Please buy your tickets beforehand. We have been there before noon and it was sold out. Don't let that happen to you. ;) But even without paying you can walk around and just enjoy the view.
  • The most amazing place I've ever seen. It's a must go! Please also visit the inside of the castle, the attention of detail is just out of chart. Try to go there via an tour agency, guides are perfect to manage your time and transportation details. Have a nice trip!
  • It's been long time that I really wanted to visit such beautiful castle here, and eventually I'd got here and it never disappointed me at all with its fascinating appearance. It's just like a fancy castle that you could only see in fairy tale books so that I could take many satisfied photos. It's always so many people visiting this popular attraction, especially on the weekends. It's better to go to this place pretty early on the weekends or just visit here on the weekday. Recommended!
  • Truly a wonderful experience. The architecture was simply divine and the sights were breath taking. It's a wonderful spot to dig into a little bit of history and learn something too. I truly recommend. Bring a water bottle and good walking shoes though. Perhaps a snack as well cause these sights may take you in and you'll find yourself famished. It may get a little boring for the kids, though.

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