Peak season is in full swing at Neuschwanstein castle
This year we could probably see record numbers. Bavaria, rated as one of the world’s top 10 regions in the ‘Lonely Planet’ travel Guide book ‘Best in Travel 2016’ really is one of the most favourite travel destinations. It is also a travel destination appealing to young and old, in all four seasons.
The Bavaria chapter from Lonely Planet’s Germany guidebook reads as follows: “From the cloud-shredding Alps to the fertile Danube plain, Bavaria is a place that keeps its clichéd promises, yet offers much more than the chocolate-box idyll.
There’s an untranslatable feel-good air that makes exploring the region an easy-going experience.” The guide book lists the following “must-go’s”:
- indulge your romantic fantasies at fairy-tale Schloss Neuschwanstein
- rack-and-pinion your way to the top of the Zugspitze, Germany’s highest peak
- perch at the Eagle’s Nest in Berchtesgaden to enjoy show-stopping Alpine vistas
If you are planning a trip to Neuschwanstein Castle, it is worth-while to know that August is the busiest month with sometimes over 8000 visitors on a single day. The guided tours (up to 130 per day) start in the early morning hours and can sometimes go on until the evening.
The well-educated guides ensure that visitors always get the in-depth tour and learn as much as possible about the castle, its history and of course famous King Ludwig II and his fabulous collection of art and culture.
An incredible 1.5 million visitors from all around the world, many of them from far away are drawn to our serene and magical Neuschwanstein castle every year!
The King had started planning it already in 1867; the laying of the foundation stone was on September 5 1869. The king even already during the first years spent some nights there to accompany the construction works. Most impressively, it was not only built to impress by its beauty but also 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.
Building styles from Romanticism, Gothic and Byzantine were merged and complemented by new technologies of the late 19th century.
King Ludwig II. built it not to represent or demonstrate power but to have a private retreat, but sadly he died on June 13 1886 before the work was finished. Of the more than 200 rooms, only 20 had been finished before he mysteriously died. Most of them are shown during the guided castle tour.
The castles ‘Vorderhohenschwangau’ and ‘Hinterhohenschwangau’ which stood on the sites of today’s castle in the medieval times were first mentioned as ‘Castrum Swangowe’ in 1090!
King Ludwig grew up in castle ‘Hohenschwangau’, below Neuschwanstein, hiking through the forests and up the surrounding mountains. This is how he found the site where he wanted to build his castle to enjoy the magnificent view.
If you’d like to know more, we can highly recommend not only visiting the castle, but also the ‘Museum of the Bavarian Kings’ near Hotel Müller in Hohenschwangau. Also the ‘Alpsee’, the nearby lake is absolutely beautiful.
Since the weather in the Alps can change quickly, we highly recommend checking the hourly weather forecast and asking locals before starting an extended hike into the surrounding mountains. They are stunningly beautiful but not without danger should bad weather come in.
At the end of the guided castle tour, you can visit the castle’s souvenir store by our partners, Kulturgut AG.
In their stylish store you can purchase gifts and memorabilia of high-value as well as your very own bottle of Neuschwansteiner beer with the iconic gold medal showing the beautiful castle you just visited.
Our brewery is in sight of the castle, using the crystal clear alpine water that comes from the mountains surrounding it, to brew what gourmet experts already call ‘The best beer in the world’!
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