Schloss Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau

Looking like an illustration from a book of fairy tales, Schloss Neuschwanstein 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 Schloss Neuschwanstein into our Hohenschwangau trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Well worth checking out!! Neuschwanstein Castle (German Schloss Neuschwanstein) is a German palace built in the second half of the NINETEENTH century, near the towns of Hohenschwangau and Füssen in southwestern Bavaria, the few tens of kilometers from the Austrian border. It was built by Louis II of Bavaria in the NINETEENTH century, inspired by the work of his friend and protégé, the great composer Richard Wagner. The architecture of the castle has a fantastic style, which served as an inspiration to the "Cinderella Castle", symbol of the Disney studios. Although it is not allowed to photograph its interior, it is one of the most photographed buildings of Germany and one of the most popular European tourist destinations, and also be considered the "postcard" of that country. The name Neuschwanstein is a reference to the "Rider of the Swan", Lohengrin, of the opera with the same name.
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  • The castle is pretty awe inspiring. I highly recommend doing some of the hiking trails around the castle as they all had great views. We hiked past the bridge and up to a look out point above it and t...  more »
  • Very cool...the bridge is awesome. You must stand on it if you go there...excellent view. Beautiful mountains.. crystal clear water also. The castle the king grew up in is nearby and also beautiful. I wish the tour lasted longer than 30 minutes though. And that pictures were's amazing. I would have loved to take pictures
  • Bavaria is home to dozens of royal castles, but the most famous were built for King Ludwig II, the "Mad King" or "Swan King." The castle is absolutely stunning inside and out. The tour was brisk but enjoyable. Photographs are NOT allowed inside the castle. Which is unfortunate for the interior walls and ceilings are covered with depictions of heroes and maidens, battles, and saintly holy men. Clearly, Leopold II left no detail to chance and spared no expense in realizing his dream castle. If at all possible, reserve your tickets in advance. The lines at the ticket office can be long. The castle tour is amazing! It is a monument to extravagance in the most beautiful setting. Reminders/Things to Know Before You Go: • Ticket lines can be long in peak season—plan ahead and book a skip-the-line tour to avoid the hassle. • Wear suitable walking shoes if you opt to walk up to the castle—the road is uphill and uneven in places. • The castle is wheelchair-accessible with buses and carriages that can bring visitors up the hill to the entrance; inside, you'll also find elevators. • Plan to spend about 2-3 hours at the castle, excluding wait times.
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