Only few kilometres from the Tyrolean border, the fairytale and world-famous castle of King Ludwig II rises
Image gallery: Neuschwanstein Castle
In Pinswang in the Lechtal valley, the Fürstenstrasse (Princes' Road) starts. It is a hiking path which proceeds to Lake Alpsee and to Hohenschwangau in the south of Bavaria. There, the world-famous Bavarian royal castles are located: Hohenschwangau Castle with the Museum of the Bavarian Kings straight on the waterfront of the lake, and - a 30-minutes walk away - Neuschwanstein Castle. Only 2 km beeline separate the castles from the border.
The white building of Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) with its delicate turrets and gables seems to grow out of the forest and reminds of the fairytales in childhood. It was planned at the desire of Ludwig II Otto Friedrich Wilhelm von Wittelsbach, King of Bavaria. He wanted to create a private haven in form of an idealised knight’s castle. Unfortunately, he died before the completion of the New Hohenschwangau Castle, as it was called back then.
Today, Neuschwanstein Castle is considered a main work of historicism. Together with the other castles of King Ludwig II - Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee - it has been listed as an World Heritage site. It has 200 different rooms, a part of the innards can be visited within a guided tour. It is a global symbol for the Romantic period and inspired artists such as Andy Warhol. Even a meteorite which partly hit the area in 2002, was named after Neuschwanstein Castle.
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€ 15.00 adults
€ 14.00 groups (15 and more persons)
€ 14.00 students
€ 14.00 seniors 65+
free for children and young people under 18 years
combined ticket "Royal Palaces":
€ 31.00 per person
Neuschwanstein Castle stays open every day all year round, except on December 24, 25, 31 and the 1st of January. It is accessible only during a guided tour (30 minutes): online ticket reservation recommended. Children need a free ticket (please note that there's a online booking fee of € 2.50).
The combined ticket "Royal Palaces" includes one-time entrance to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and Herrenchiemsee Castle (within 6 months).