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5 historical facts about Neuschwanstein Castle

If you're reading this, you probably already know that Bavaria's Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disney's iconic castle. Here are five facts about King Ludwig II's dramatic palace that you probably don't know!

  • It overlooks King Ludwig II's childhood home

    1. It overlooks King Ludwig II's childhood home

    Ludwig grew up in Hohenschwangau, the medieval knights' castle that his parents owned. Ludwig's dreams of building a castle on the rugged hill above it began as early as childhood!

  • It was inspired by Richard Wagner

    2. It was inspired by Richard Wagner

    Upon first hearing Wagner, the teenage Prince Ludwig became a devoted patron. His dream palace was the stuff of the Germanic sagas in the great composer's operas!

  • Its architect wasn't an architect

    3. Its architect wasn't an architect

    Ludwig considered his vision too extraordinary to be realized by mere architects. Neuschwanstein was instead designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer from Munich!

  • Ludwig lived for just 172 days in the castle

    4. Ludwig lived for just 172 days in the castle

    Forced to abdicate by a frustrated cabinet, the popular but inattentive king was removed from his new home. The next day he went for a walk and was discovered dead hours later.

  • It's been a tourist attraction ever since

    5. It's been a tourist attraction ever since

    Ludwig was a reclusive king and had envisioned his dream palace to be a place of solitary refuge and reflection. Just seven weeks after his death it was opened to the public!

Planning Your Visit

  • What are the opening hours?

    Neuschwanstein is open daily from March 28 to October 15 at 9:00AM until 6:00PM. From October 16 to March 27 it is open from 10:00AM until 4:00PM, except December 24, 25, 31 and January 1.

  • Where to stay?

    There are several modest hotels and pensions in the Hohenschwangau area. Alternatively, Neuschwanstein is also just a day-trip away from Munich!

  • How to get there

    It's possible to walk up the hill from Hohenschwangau but it's quite a trek! You'd be better off choosing between the regular shuttle bus departing from outside the Schlosshotel Lisl on Neuschwansteinstraße, or the more expensive horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller on Alpseestraße. Note that both stop short of the castle for accessibility reasons, and the short walk from the shuttle bus stop might be too steep for the mobility impaired.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    March 28 to October 15, 9:00AM to 6:00PM, October 16 to March 27, 10:00AM to 4:00PM.
  • Is it expensive?
    Castle ticket prices start at 12€ for adults.
  • Will I need a guide?
    *Your entrance ticket reserves you a tour spot. *
  • How to get there
    The bus from the Schlosshotel Lisl or the horse-drawn carriage from the Hotel Müller will drop you close to the castle.
  • Additional information
    Note that you will need to do some uphill walk, and be prepared! |
    Book your tickets in advance! Tickets can sell out during peak times.

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What people are saying about Neuschwanstein Castle

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 6,336 reviews

Best tour of our trip! Our guide was a wonderful story teller and provided commentary throughout the entire journey. Upgrading to the Premium Tour was a great choice - especially during Covid. The seats had plenty of leg room and there was plenty of extra room on the bus. We also enjoyed the included snacks, drinks and coffee. Highly recommend!

I enjoyed the trip immensely. When they say a 20 minute hike it delivers, it was a 20 minute up hill hike! Lucia was a fantastic guide so knowledgeable about Ludwig and the castle. Her excitement was contagious. The views from the castle and the castle itself were fabulous! Would definitely do again!

Beautiful castle tucked in the mountains of southern Germany, worth the trip. Our guide Michelle was A M A Z I N G to say the least, fun, lighthearted and kind. She knew so much about the history of King Ludwig II, we learned more from her than we did on the guided castle tour.

One of the best tour guides I had! Kevin is the greatest!! Value for money trip! Totally worth the money!!!!

Excellent day! Clean bus, great guide, beautiful scenery. Really enjoyed the day.