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5 historical facts about Neuschwanstein Castle

If you're reading this, you probably already know that Bavaria's Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney's iconic castle. Here are five facts about King Ludwig II's dramatic palace that you probably don't know!

It overlooks King Ludwig II's childhood home

Ludwig grew up in Hohenschwangau, the medieval knights' castle that his parents owned. Ludwig's dreams of building a castle on the rugged hill above it began as early as childhood!

It was inspired by Richard Wagner

Upon first hearing Wagner, the teenage Prince Ludwig became a devoted patron. His dream palace was the stuff of the Germanic sagas in the great composer's operas!

Its architect wasn't an architect

Ludwig considered his vision too extraordinary to be realized by mere architects. Neuschwanstein was instead designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich!

Ludwig lived for just 172 days in the castle

Forced to abdicate by a frustrated cabinet, the popular but inattentive king was removed from his new home. The next day he went for a walk and was discovered dead hours later.

It's been a tourist attraction ever since

Ludwig was a reclusive king and had envisioned his dream palace to be a place of solitary refuge and reflection. Just seven weeks after his death it was opened to the public!

Neuschwanstein Castle: Our Tips

What are the opening hours?

Neuschwanstein is open daily from March 28 to October 15 at 9:00AM until 6:00PM. From October 16 to March 27 it is open from 10:00AM until 4:00PM, except December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

Where to stay?

There are several modest hotels and pensions in the Hohenschwangau area. Alternatively, Neuschwanstein is also just a day-trip away from Munich!

How to get there

It's possible to walk up the hill from Hohenschwangau but it's quite a trek! You'd be better off choosing between the regular shuttle bus departing from outside the Schlosshotel Lisl on Neuschwansteinstraße, or the more expensive horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller on Alpseestraße. Note that both stop short of the castle for accessibility reasons, and the short walk from the shuttle bus stop might be too steep for the mobility impaired.

Good to Know

  • When to visit
    March 28 to October 15, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, October 16 to March 27, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
  • What is the price?
    Castle ticket prices start at 12€ for adults.
  • Will I need a guide?
    *Your entrance ticket reserves you a tour spot. *
  • How to get there
    The bus from the Schlosshotel Lisl or the horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller will drop you close to the castle.
  • Additional tips
    Note that you will need to do some uphill walk, and be prepared! | Book your tickets in advance! Tickets can sell out during peak times.

What People Are Saying About Neuschwanstein Castle

A classic trip - must do. Can't help the crowds. Big day.

Compared to 35 years ago the visits to these castles have changed from a winter wonderland wander of discovery to an example of German airport style crowd control. Still worth it

Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 02/14/2017

I normally don't do tours but this one was well worth it

The tour was well planned with adequate time for pictures, food, browsing. I would highly recommend.

Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by Sydney, 01/30/2017

The tour was great and Roland, our tour guide, was outstanding.

The tours were punctual, informative and entertaining. We took the day tour to Salzburg the day before and followed that with the day tour to Neuschwanstein. Our tour guides, Susan for Salzburg and Roland for Neuschwanstein, were very knowledgeable and helpful. My son and I would like to thank you for this and keep up the great work!

Great tour - but don't get pressured into going in

You don't need to go into the castle!! Our tour guide tried very hard to pressure us into buying a ticket for the castle while we were on the train (€13 each), even singling us out in front of the whole group. But, he didn't tell anyone until we got there that the tour is only 35 minutes long and "you get herded like cattle and are lucky to get a good tour guide for the castle". There is plenty to do while other people tour, and if you want to hike for a bit (the road to the bridge is definitely accessible), you will get truly outstanding castle views and a good Alp experience at no additional cost. Overall our tour was great and very informative, but in the end we were very glad that we didn't get pressured into spending extra money. Also, our tour guide used the word "retarded" to describe several different things during the tour; not sure why that's still happening in 2017. Note- the roads up the the bridge are technically closed, but everyone goes around the barrier

Neuschwanstein Castle Full-Day Tour Reviewed by Brian, 01/14/2017

Excellent tour, very informative and such beautiful castles.

Very well organised, Ursula our tour guide was very friendly and her knowledge was outstanding. The coach was very comfortable and the driver was very friendly. The castles were beautiful and the tours were very well organised.

Day Trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castles Reviewed by Jennifer, 01/06/2017

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