Once upon a time, in a land far, far away there was a King who was not as any King you would imagine. He would withdraw himself from most state affairs, remaining in power, and focus his energy on completing extravagant and artistic architectural projects. His name was Ludwig the II, the King of Bavaria.
Ludwig became so well-known by using all the budget of Bavaria to build castles he envisioned in his dreams. The most famous of all is the castle built on the cliff – the Neuschwanstein Castle. It later served as an inspiration to Walt Disney to create the princess castle we all know now.
Neuschwanstein Castle lies at the foothills of Bavarian Alps, close to the small town of Füssen. It can be conveniently reached from Munich by train in around 2 hours and from there a short bus ride to the village of Schwangau where the Castle is located. Once it’s in your eyesight, it’s an unbelievable scenery, I assure you. With fields around, in the distance, on one of the cliffs, stands a fairy tale castle overlooking the surroundings. Pure beauty. Check out this drone video of the castle for some additional inspiration.
Neuschwanstein Castle is not the only castle located there, though. The Hohenschwangau Castle – the summer residence of the Bavarian family – is located on the neighboring hill. I myself haven’t been there, but if you have time, you can let me know later if I made a mistake.
The village itself where both castles are located has some great views. It’s located on a coast of the mountain lake and views are just amazing.
To get to the castle you need to buy a ticket in the village for a specific time slot and then make your way to the castle by foot (around 30min hike). Once there, you will have a guided tour that will take you through the castle’s rooms and chambers and give a small history lesson. You’re not allowed to take photos in the castle, so just take your time, breathe in the atmosphere and enjoy.
Once you’re out of the castle, walk around and take the small road behind the castle to see it from the distance. The road will take you to the viewing spot that overlooks the whole valley with a gorgeous view.
Make sure you continue exploring and get to the Mary’s bridge (Marienbrucke), that is around 15 minute hike from the castle itself. You will be rewarded with a marvelous view of the castle from the side – one of the things to cross out of your “to do” list in Bavaria. The bridge is located between two neighboring cliffs and rises at least 50 meters over the small river. Don’t look down, they say.
Bavaria is beautiful and Neuschwanstein Castle is the Jewel of it. There is so much to see in Bavaria, but if you would have only one place to choose for your day trip, I would suggest it to be this place.