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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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  • The builder of this castle was called "crazy", yet the dollars brought in by this building have more than paid for the castle in the long run. Be sure to wear good walking shoes to walk from the parki...  more »
  • The castle is so beautiful and the history is amazing, but Jake made the experience worthwhile and entertaining. Jake used to be a teacher and it shows in the way he presents the history of King Ludwi...  more »
  • All around the castle is wonderful. Reserve some time to learn the history before the guided tour. Advice: 1) Reserve the tickets beforehand. Lines to buy there are huge and you may need to wait 5 hou...  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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