Whilst summer is definitely the high-season, our beautiful Neuschwanstein castle is a tourist magnet all-year around with more than 1.5 million visitors per year.
Bavaria noted more visitors in 2016 than in previous years, confirming its raising popularity amongst travellers from all around the world.
We love the castle and its surroundings especially at this time of the year, when the pristine white snow covers the majestic mountains surrounding the castle and right now the sun from a fabulous blue sky makes the snow glitter like a million diamonds.
Visiting the castle this time of the year feels more relaxing than in summer, add to the romantic feeling with a tour in a horse sleigh, wrapped in sheepskin and warm blankets and enjoy the fascinating nature. One can completely understand why Bavarian King Ludwig II., known as an aesthete, chose to build his castle right here.
The castle itself is impressive inside out and always worth a tour. Built between 1869 and 1886 it merges building styles from Romanticism, Gothic and Byzantine in the style of a medieval castle. In addition it was equipped with very modern technologies like: Running water on all floors, hot-air central heating an electric call system, elevators and even telephone connections.
Surrounding the castle, there are 50 km winter hiking trails, 32 km prepared cross country ski-runs and of course the 4.4 downhill at the Tegelberg.
At the end of the guided castle tour, it is highly recommended to visit the stylish castle’s souvenir store by our partners, Kulturgut AG. Here you can purchase gifts and memorabilia of high-value as well as your very own Neuschwansteiner beer with the iconic gold medal showing the beautiful castle you just visited.
Neuschwanstein Castle is situated near Schwangau and Füssen in the Allgäu. The path to the castle starts in the village of Hohenschwangau, and this is also your last opportunity to park. Entrance tickets are available only at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle.
Tickets with a specific visiting time can be reserved for an additional prepaid charge two days before the desired castle visit (3 pm local time) at the latest. The visiting time can only be changed or the ticket cancelled up to 2 hours before the start of the tour (also by phone). It takes about 30-40 minutes to walk from the ticket center to the castle (around 1.5 km on a steep uphill road). A more relaxing (and romantic) way is the horse carriage. The carriages operate all year round and shuttle between Hotel Müller and Neuschwanstein Castle according to demand, with no fixed timetable.
Please note: Entrance tickets can only be bought at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle.
Opening hours of Neuschwanstein Castle
April to 15 October: 9 am-6 pm
16 October to March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily except 1 January and 24 / 25 / 31 December