The Neuschwanstein castle is, surrounded by mountains, in southern Bavaria at Hohenschwangau. The castle was created under King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who ascended the throne in 1864, as an idealized notion of a knight's castle of the Middle Ages in a charming location. With around 1.4 million visitors per year, Neuschwanstein is one of the main tourist attractions in all of Europe. The king lived only a few months in the castle. His early death in the vicinity of Berg am Starnberger See on June 13, 1886 is shrouded in many myths and stories. The castle is recognized worldwide as a symbol of the Romantic period. For example, it was used as a model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland and many artists such as Andy Warhol and Luchino Visconti were inspired by the fairy tale castle.
In 1869, the construction of the castle started. The wishes and ideas of King Ludwig grew with the time so that plans and designs during the construction phase had to be changed and adapted several times. The constant change requests caused immense additional costs and the planned completion until 1872 was delayed over and over again. The castle was not completed until after the death of King Ludwig II who never wanted to open the castle to the public. Already after 6 weeks after his death castle tours were offered. This way, all liabilities of the construction financing could be paid off until 1899.
View to Neuschwanstein Castle with the "Marienbrücke"
The castle survived the world wars without damage. It was used as, among other things, a depot for looted art treasures from France. At the end of the Second World War, the gold treasure of the German Reichsbank was stored here, which disappeared without a trace in the last days of the war. In 1945, the castle was to be blown up by the SS in order to prevent that the art treasure fell into the hands of the enemy. However, this was not done by the authorized officer. The artworks were passed to the Allied Arts Protection "Monument Mans".
View out of the Neuschwanstein Castle
Singers Hall in the Neuschwanstein Castle
View to Neuschwanstein Castle from the Lake Schwansee
Miss Munchen recommends
- You can book a daytour to Neuschwanstein Castle
- A boat trip on Lake Forggen offers a beautiful view of the royal palaces
- Save Time and reserve Tickets online!
Closte to Neuschwanstein Castle
Schloss Neuschwanstein / Neuwschanstein Castle
Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau
Travel Directions to Neuschwanstein Castle
On the motorway A7 (Ulm - Kempten - Füssen) to the end of the motorway. From Füssen via the federal highway B17 direction Schwangau, then bear right towards Hohenschwangau
via the A7 motorway - exit Kempten - on the federal road B12 to market Oberndorf. About the B16 to Roßhaupten - OAL I to Buching - B17 to Schwangau and Hohenschwangau.
On the motorway A96 to Landsberg, the federal highway 17 about Schongau to Hohenschwangau
Only paid private parking is available in the village of Hohenschwangau
Directions via public transport
Take the train to Füssen, then the bus to Hohenschwangau
Train connections: German train from Munich to Füssen: about 2.5 hours
Bus Schedules can be found here: www.rvo-bus.de