Neuschwanstein Castle - Füssen
The setting of the 19th century Neuschwanstein Castle, on a rugged hill near Füssen in south-west Bavaria, could not be more idyllic. The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as his refuge and as homage to Richard Wagner, his inspirational muse. Ludwig II never saw his new castle completely finished. Seven weeks after his death in 1886, Neuschwanstein Castle was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life, but these days, vast numbers of people come to view his private retreat.
Today, it is one of the most popular palaces and castles in Europe and is one of Germany's most visited tourist attractions. In the summer months, around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant. The palace has appeared in several movies and was also Disney's inspiration for the 'Sleeping Beauty Castle'. Behind the medieval appearance of the castle, King Ludwig II made sure, that the latest technology was in operation such as hot air central heating, running water, toilets with an automatic flush and even telephones.
- Flight time from London: 2 hours
- Innsbruck Airport: 107km from the city centre; transfer time about 1 hour 35 min
- Currency: Euro
April – 15. October: 8am – 5pm
16. October – March: 9am – 3pm
Entrance tickets are only obtainable at the ticket centre in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle (Tel. +49 (0) 8362 930830). Tickets can be booked in advance for an additional charge. The time can only be changed or the ticket cancelled up to two hours before the start of the tour (also by phone).
Guided tours of the palace (around 30 minutes) in German or English or with an audioguide in further languages.
Exclusive tours on request.
For reasons of organisation, handicapped visitors (wheelchair and walker users) are asked to book their guided tour beforehand at the ticket centre. Disabled toilets available.
Train to Füssen followed by bus (RVA) to ‘Hohenschwangau’.
The castle is easily reached on foot at a distance of 1.5 km (1640 yards, with upward slope).
Horse-drawn carriages can take you to just below the castle and there are parking places in the village of Hohenschwangau.