Germany

Schloss Neuschwanstein

April 18, 2010

Hi there. I’m finally back posting – have a couple of trips to share. Barcelona, sunny Salzburg, Munich in spring and this one – one of the top must-sees if you’re in Munich.

Schloss Neuschwanstein

Castle Neuschwanstein,  definitely a must if you’re in Bavaria, thought it’s not something I would have done more than once. There are things I didn’t know and that are not so important now, but I wish I were better prepared. More on that below.

If you’re going from Munich your trip would start in the morning. The earlier the better. Every year 1.3 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”, says the official website, so the earlier you’re there, the better chances you have to get inside fast. And trust me, you must go inside, that’s not even a question.

Getting there

So back to getting there, you would need to take:

  • A train to  Füssen (about 2,5 hours – grab a snack!). If you’re travelling from Munich and you are a group of max 5 people – take a so-called Bavarian ticket. It’s 28 Euros any direction within Bavaria (and Salzburg), valid for one day, as many trips as you want, which means you can travel both ways for cheap, which is handy because you need some cash when going to Neuschwanstein.
  • A bus (RVA) or a cab to Hohenschwangau, the buses come every 10 or 20 minutes and are always packed with tourists, and since we were 5, we took a cab.

Congrats! You have arrived to…

Hohenschwangau

Village

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You will have plenty of time to hang out here if you miss the bus to the castle, but actually you have even more options here: by bus, by a horse-drawn carriage or walking. We knew we’d get tired walking up so took a bus – 10 minutes.

Getting to Schloss Neuschwanstein

Mary’s bridge

After a short walk from the bus stop you will find yourself on Mary’s bridge. The bridge is tiny and quite scary. If you look down – better don’t look down.

From the bridge Mary's bridge

Better look straight ahead – you’ll be on one of the main picture-taking spots in Bavaria:

It looks as if the castle is far away – it’s not, you walk for about 10-15 more minutes and you’re there. I strongly recommend taking a tour – you get your time and a ticket (9 Eur) and they give you an audio-guide, which is very smart. You quietly walk around the castle following a certain route and once you step into the room the audio-guide switches on and plays the right description – a brilliant idea, of you ask me. I did not take any pictures  inside, but here’s the view from the throne hall – breathtaking, I was so amazed I almost started crying (but don’t tell anyone)

View from Schloss Neuschwanstein

View from Schloss Neuschwanstein

And after the tour you can check out the souvenirs and the café nearby and go down. I must say it was a great one-day trip, completely worth it.

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