Neuschwanstein Castle: 10 Tips for a visit, photos and hiking

Neuschwanstein Castle

According to many people the most beautiful castle in the world

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Neuschwanstein Castle is literally as beautiful as a fairytale. The castle is located on a hill between forests and hiking trails in the Bavaria region of Germany. A visit is possible all year round, although spring and winter (sometimes with snow) are best.

Many believe that the Neuschwanstein Castle is the most beautiful castle ever. It also inspired Walt Disney’s castles in the various Disney lands around the world. The story behind this actual castle is an interesting one.

When was Neuschwanstein Castle built?

Earlier, two small castles were built on the same rock. But at the beginning of the 19th century, they were only ruins. One of the towers was a viewing platform for the local residents. King Ludwig visited it a lot in his youth. We also know him as Louis II of Bavaria.

Neuschwanstein Castle was built on his behalf. He wanted to build an ideal medieval knight's castle. Louis traveled a lot and saw several castles. Among other things, he visited the also famous Wartburg Castle in Eisenach. But also the Château de Pierrefonds to the north of Paris. The idea for his own castle began to grow in his mind.

The inside of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Louis II made a drawing in his diary in 1869. In which he had romanticised all castles. He wanted to have a castle built to escape busy Munich. Where he could go back to his youth. At that time, he had fantasies about the rough Middle Ages.

Construction began in 1869, the castle was completed in 1892. It is more of a fairytale castle than a fortress. Remarkably, Ludwig was later declared insane.

Neuschwanstein Castle and Disney

The medieval castle is a model for another famous castle. Yes, that of Sleeping Beauty from Disney. Although Disney has never really admitted this itself. But anyone who has seen the films will immediately see the resemblance. To be fair, it is a Disney tribute to one of the most beautiful castles on the planet. You will see when you arrive.

Neuschwanstein Castle Tour

You can only visit Neuschwanstein Castle by guided tour. For that you need an entrance ticket. You can buy these online, but also on the spot. Although it is more convenient via the internet, to prevent it from being sold out, for example.

During the tour you get a lot of information from a local guide. About history, about Louis II, his habits and his special ideas. Also about Disney, the sometimes strange tourists and much more. And to be honest, a visit to the castle is the best way to experience it.

Tips for the best photos of Neuschwanstein Castle

The best view of the castle is from the Marienbrücke, built in 1850. Ideal for photos. In winter you might see snow. That gives the castle and the environment an extra dimension. And your photos as well.

The view from the Marienbrücke.

How do I avoid the tourists?

Neuschwanstein Castle has become very popular in recent years. Especially through social media such as Instagram and Facebook. The tourists make your experience slightly different. You can prevent this. Get to the castle early in the morning.

Often you'll see the morning mist. Or arrive in the afternoon, when most of the tourists have disappeared. Then you will see the magic of Neuschwanstein Castle. Take your time, you won't regret it.

Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle

The world famous castle is located in the village of Hohenschwangau, a few kilometers from the Austrian border.You have to park in the town of Hohenschwangau. After which you have to continue on foot. But that's nice, because then you see the castle slowly getting closer.

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