Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau

Looking like an illustration from a book of fairy tales, Neuschwanstein Castle 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 Neuschwanstein Castle into our Hohenschwangau trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • **PLEASE READ THE BOTTOM FOR HOW TO SAVE MONEY GETTING HERE WITH THE BAYERN PASS** I went with my fiancee to Neuschwanstein for New Year's. Apart from being her childhood dream, it was also one of the...  more »
  • There are no good words to describe such landscape snowy with impressive castle on the Hill, but it is very important to clarify for those who are thinking of doing so in winter (both on its own and within a tour), the bridge / catwalk where you get views of the typical advertising picture and better perspective is closed, what if you want to get to a place very similar must break a little rules, go up the road that would be in spring or summer conditions open and follow the directions of the posters as if they really were at the bridge. It will come when they will realize what a great fence that makes it impossible to enter the runway, but if he goes back there a small hillock separated by a barbed wire which if you are accomplished these stunning views. I did it, I recommend strongly to do so as well as bring suitable for snow shoes and already be a relative physical fitness what is frozen slopes and it can be really slippery and it will be necessary to hold some trees, branches, etc.
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  • It was a great trip. The scenery along the way up to the hill was so beautiful. However, the bridge to get the best view of the castle closed during winter. The temperature become colder in the afternoon. Once in a lifetime experience..
  • An awesome sight to see. The walk up to the castle gave a spectacular view to the surrounding countryside, many fantastic photo opportunities. The castle itself was like nothing I'd ever seen. Towering high, beautifully done architecture. A definite must see while in Germany.. I will never forget that journey.
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