Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schwangau

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Looking like an illustration from a book of fairy tales, Schloss Neuschwanstein 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 Schloss Neuschwanstein into our Schwangau trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Dream castle in an amazing location. It is highly recommended to visit in autumn because of the different colors that the trees around them draw. It is essential to visit the Marienbrucke, a bridge located just 20 minutes away that offers the best views of the castle. For any European visitor who has already visited a royal palace/castle is not worth the entrance to said castle, as the impressive is outside. In case you are going to enter, you better book or go as soon as they open.
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  • The interior is excellent, so it is recommended that you take a guided tour as well as the exterior. I can't say "I want to watch it at my own pace" because I'm divided into groups and listening to the commentary, but I still enjoyed it enough. If you are not interested in a guided tour, I recommend it because there is a road to go down to the parking lot while looking at the waterfall that it was made from this year. However, since it becomes a hike of about 45 minutes, if you do not have such physical strength, it is also recommended to go down leisurely in a horse-drawn carriage.
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  • As much effort from booking tickets, how wait time at tickets center, stress with bus to come up, about 1 hr. Waiting in cold for 15 minutes in closed, millions for tourists so large groups you can not see everything you have to see already in the next room! I'm very disenfranchised, unfortunately it's all about the money.
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  • Very cool...the bridge is awesome. You must stand on it if you go there...excellent view. Beautiful mountains.. crystal clear water also. The castle the king grew up in is nearby and also beautiful. I wish the tour lasted longer than 30 minutes though. And that pictures were allowed....it's amazing. I would have loved to take pictures
  • 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.
  • Really beautiful castle to visit! If you are in the area a real must see! Beside that the castle is truly beautiful and gives a real fairytale fibe, the nature is also truly stunning. A beautiful waterfall behind the castle with a beautiful stream to walk by. The bridge also adds to the experience by giving an amazing view of the castle, valley and mountains. But it is because of how beautiful it is, a big tourist spot. Lots of people, already in preseason. The parking tickets are €7,- and a tour trough the castle at least €15,50 pp. and it is a small tour. Lot's of people did need to wait over an hour until their tour would start. The walk towards the castle is okay, can be a bit steep at times. But the forest around it is beautiful. But there is the option to go with a carriage to go up and/or down. But still, besides all the people, a spot worth visiting!
  • Breathtaking views in every direction. Plenty of reasonably priced food and drink in the area. Well worth a visit. Accessible via public transport from Munich at a fraction of the cost of bus tour. Bring your adventurous spirit and walking shoes. Certain times of year entry tickets must be purchased in advance as they sell out daily in high season. Entry tickets only valid for time purchased so plan well. Google maps is pretty accurate and a big help with planning.
  • If you travel to Munich, you have to try and see Neuschwanstein Castle! It is so beautiful and majestic! My wife and I did it through a tour company but honestly it is pretty easy to get to and if I were to go back or even go my first time I would just do it myself so I could have more free time do see and do what I wanted. The inside is beautiful and you MUST go to Saint Mary’s Bridge which is about .5-.75 miles past the castle. If you go during the busy tourist season or on a busy day you may have to wait in line for 15-20 minutes to take a picture on the bridge but it is so worth it!
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