One of the main reasons I made a stop in Munich, Germany was to visit the very famous castle Neuschwanstein. All I can say is, it is was totally worth it and I would go back in a heartbeat. Neuschwanstein is one of the most magical and stunning castles I have ever laid eyes upon! Here are 5 Interesting Facts and 5 Tips for your first visit!
5 Fun Facts about Neuschwanstein
1. Neuschwantstein means “New Swan Stone”
2. The castle was only built for one person by the name of King Ludwig II. King Ludwig II only slept in the castle for 11 nights.
3. Neuschwanstein is the most photographed building in the world and one of the most visited castle, with over 1.3 million visits per year.
4. The Sleeping Beauty castle’s design in Disneyland was inspired by Neuschwanstein.
5. Fourteen carpenters worked for more than four years to make the woodwork in the bedroom, yet certain rooms of the castle still remain unfinished!
Now that you have some fun facts about the magnificent castle, here are 5 helpful tips for your visit!
5 Tips For Your Visit To Neuschwanstein
1. Stay in Munich and book a day trip tour
The best place to stay if you are planning on seeing Schloss Neuschwanstein is to stay in Munich, Germany. Schloss Neuschwanstein is about an hour and a half trip from there. I went into Munich city and booked myself on a day trip tour with Gray Line Tours called “Die Königsschlösser” (The Royal Castles) tour.
Why do a day trip tour from Munich?
1. It guarantees entry on that day into Schloss Neuschwanstein
When you book a day trip tour, you pay the castles entry fee to your tour guide and they are given top priority when booking you in for a tour of the castle. They guarantee that you get booked on a guided tour of the castle on that day, without waiting for hours.
2. To make new friends
I met some wonderful people on my tour from all over the world, and it is amazing to connect and share the experience with them!
3. You get to see more than Schloss Neuschwanstein
Before arriving to see Schloss Neuschwanstein we explored Schloss Linderhof plus the enchanting little town of Oberammergau, home to the famous Passion Play held once every 10 years and the most beautiful frescos painted on their homes.
It is very difficult to get out to Schloss Neuschwanstein without your own car. For travellers like me, this was a great incentive for booking a day trip tour from Munich.
5. Less Stress than organising it for yourself
With all of these wonderful added extras by booking a tour, you get so much more out of your trip, plus it is less added stress for you on your travels!
6. Excellent Guides
This is self explanatory – they organise your entry into the castles, plus they provide you with interesting information and history of the area! What more could you want?!
How much do I have to pay for the day trip?
Adult: $73 AUD for the day (or 51 Euros)
Student and Youth (15-26 years): $59 AUD (or 41 Euros)
Child (4-14 years): About $37 AUD (or 26 Euros)
PLUS you will need to pay 22 Euros for your castles entry fees (approx. $30 AUD), this includes both Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Neuschwanstein.
You will also need some extra money to buy any food or beverages.
In total, your day trip from Munich to Schloss Neuschwanstein will be just over $100 AUD, not bad for a full day trip!
2. When arriving to Schloss Neuschwanstein, take the mini-bus to the top of the hill.
Many years ago when my parents visited Neuschwanstein you had to walk all the way up the massive hill to get to the castle. Since then, they now have a mini-bus where you pay 2 Euros to take you to the top! I highly recommend you take the mini-bus and make your own way back down the hill after your guided tour of the castle.
3. Take the best photos at Marienbrücke
The mini-bus will stop at Marienbrücke, which is translated as the Queen Mary’s bridge. The Marienbrücke is the ultimate spot to get the most beautiful, postcard-like photos of Schloss Neuschwanstein, just like these:
BEWARE: During the Summer months, the bridge is very overcrowded with tourists! Make sure you push your way through to get that iconic photo, and while you’re at it, you might want to take a selfie like I did!
4. If travelling on your own, book a guided tour
When visiting Schloss Neuschwanstein, you can only book a guided tour, no self guided tours are permitted. Due to the popularity of the castle, tours run every five minutes each day, and they still manage to get booked out very early and well in advance!
Your best bet if travelling solo to the castle, is to book in advance (days or weeks before) as the guided tours will book out quite quickly (especially in the Summer months). It is likely that if you don’t book in advance, you will not visit the castle on that day or you will be stuck for hours waiting to get on a guided tour.
5. Take your camera!
You may not be allowed to take photos inside Schloss Neushwanstein, but do not let that stop you from taking some gorgeous scenery photos of the castle and the castle surrounds! Here are a few shots I took on my trip:
As you can see from the photos, Schloss Neuschwanstein and the surrounds are absolutely breathtaking and just plain stunning! The lakes, the mountains and the greenery all make up this beautiful area in the region of Bavaria, Germany. There is no possible way to take a bad photograph here!
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