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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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  • This was one of my favorite places i visited in Germany. Located in the lovely town of Füssen, where you can see typical Bavarian houses, people with traditional outfits and playing music in the stree...  more »
  • We have all seen the pictures and I had been to Linderhof in 1968, but had never seen this King Ludwig II castle up close and personal. We hired DAYTRIP car service out of Prague for a car and driver....  more »
  • It's a very beautiful castle as it is outside as inside. It offers a great view when we get there. Visit deserves because there still a 40-minute walk to get there. It is mandatory, otherwise you can also pay to ride in a carriage. My only complaint is the price: €12 not worth them all the same.
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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.