Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle in Bavaria in southern Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria south of Germany

I had wanted to return to the Neuschwanstein Castle, which had already visited twice, but many years ago.

Now in a short getaway to bavaria to the southern germany, in which I could also visit Christmas markets and the town of FüssenI have had the opportunity to walk again through this impressive castle.

Neuschwanstein It is one of the most visited castles in Europe, which is understood because it is one of those majestic monuments that you can see in our old continent.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria south of Germany

This castle is popularly known for having been taken as a reference by Walt Disney to design the Sleeping Beauty's castle that we can see in Disneyland.

I don't know if this is really true or it is an urban legend, but without a doubt Neuschwanstein it's a real fairytale castle.

You will be struck by its stylized design, but especially its location on a cliff next to the mountains of the Tyrolean Alps, south of the bavaria region, which will leave you impressed by its majesty.

Neuschwanstein castle history

I anticipate that it is not a castle of the Middle Ages, but began to be built in the summer of 1868 by who was known as the Crazy kingLouis II of Bavaria.

Bus to climb Neuschwanstein Castle

Like it happened where the very near one is now hohenschwangau castle, in this cliff were the remains of a medieval fortification.

It was precisely his father, Maximilian II of Bavaria, who in 1832 decided to rehabilitate the aforementioned Hohenchwangau, which became the preferred summer residence of Louis II.

That was because he fell in love with the romantic landscape of mountains and lakes that extend around Füssen.

Louis II He was appointed king in 1864, when he was barely 18, but his reign was soon marked by the defeat of Bavaria and Austria in the War of 1866 with Prussia.

That is why he became a king without really being able, which led him to create his own «kingdom»With the construction of castles.

Neuschwanstein He was going to become a castle for retirement, as the young king became increasingly shy and lonely.

Mary's Bridge in front of Neuschwanstein Castle

Finally, in 1886Louis II He died drowned in a lake in strange circumstances when the castle was about to be finished.

Just a few weeks after his death, the Neushwanstein Castle It opened to the public's visit, and is currently visited by 1.6 million people a year.

Where is Neushwanstein Castle

For visit Neuschwanstein Castle you must travel to the aforementioned town of Füssen, south of Bavaria.

From there you will arrive at Visitors Center where the lockers are located, and which is located at the foot of the aforementionedhohenchawangau castleon the lake Alpsee

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria south of Germany

In that area of ​​the lake there are several hotels that were built at the end of the 19th century.

How to climb Neuschwanstein Castle

For climb to Neuschwanstein You have three options.

On the one hand, take the bus which climbs tourists to the cliff where the castle is located, which will cost you 1.80 euros to go up and 1 euro to go down.

On the other hand you can climb in one of the horse carriages that take you to the castle (6 euros to go up and 3 euros to go down), which take about 20 minutes to arrive.

Mary's Bridge in front of Neuschwanstein Castle

And, of course, you also have the option of walk up, to which you may be encouraged when in long season long lines are formed to catch the bus.

Keep in mind that the walk will take about 45 minutes.

Where to buy tickets to visit Neuchwanstein

Previously, before going up to the castle you must have bought the tickets for the visit at the box office, which takes place only in guided groups that depart every few times.

Therefore, the tickets are assigned the time for the guided tour to which you must join.

Keep in mind that these tickets can only be purchased at box office found in the aforementioned Visitors Center, not up in the castle.

Panoramic views from Neuschwanstein Castle

In this regard I remind you that, especially in high season, this castle has a large influx of visitors, so it is advisable to book Neuschwanstein tickets in the official Web in advance of your trip to bavaria.

You can do this only up to two days before your visit, and then you must go well in advance toNeuschwanstein to collect and pay the tickets at Visitors Center.

You must also have time to climb the castle and arrive at the assigned time for the guided visit that corresponds to you; therefore, you must arrive well in advance.

Of course it is forbidden to climb by car, which you must leave parked in the visitor area (6 euros).

What to see in the visit of Neuschwanstein

When climbing to the castle, the first thing you should do is approach the Mary's Bridge (Marienbrüke), an impressive metal bridge linking two mountains.

Hohenschwangau Castle in Bavaria

From this bridge that was commanded to build by Maximilian II in homage to his wife, you have excellent panoramic views of Neuschwanstein and of the plain and the lakes that extend at the foot of the cliff.

If you get on the bus, the bus stop is just next to the ascent path to the bridge.

Then you will have to walk about 5 minutes to reach the entrance of the castle, with a recently rehabilitated facade.

Private rooms of Louis II of Bavaria

During the castle visit, which will last about 30 minutes, you will visit its main rooms.

Thus, on the second floor you will see the rooms for private use of Louis II of Bavaria, like your bedroom, the dining room, the chapel, the office, or the amazing cave and greenhouse.

Alpsee lake in southern Bavaria in Germany

Throne Room in Neuschwanstein Castle

On this floor there is also the large Throne Room.

On the other hand, on the third floor you will find the largest of the castle's rooms, the so-called Singers Room.

To highlight the lavish interior decoration of the castle, which highlights the paintings inspired by the medieval sagas in which he was inspired Wagner to compose his famous operas.

So you will see scenes from various sagas, such as Tristan and Isolde, Parsifal or Lohengrin.

Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria south of Germany

Neuschwanstein castle opening hours

The visiting hours of Neuschwanstein Castle they are, from April to October 15, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and the rest of the year, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The castle only closes on December 24, 25 and 31, and January 1.

Neushwanstein castle ticket prices

The ticket prices (2019) are, generally, 13 euros; the reduced one, 12 euros; and for children and young people up to 17 years old, admission is free.

How to get to Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle is 110 kilometers southwest of the city of Munich, an hour and a half drive away.

Video: Neuschwanstein Castle 4K Fairytale Castle in Bavaria Schloss Neuschwanstein with a Drone (January 2020).