You might not recognize it by its name, but I’m sure you have seen this castle before. It’s one of the most fairytale-like castles. It’s one of the most visited castles in the world. And rumor has it, that it was the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s 1950s Cinderella movie. The castle is located in southern Bavaria, almost on the border with Austria, and less than two-hours drive away from Munich. So, if you ever visit Munich, Neuschwanstein castle is an ideal candidate for a one-day trip.
Visit of the Neuschwanstein castle was memorable but not only for the castle itself. Already the ride from Munich is enjoyable since it takes you through the woods and small villages. We were lucky to have such nice weather, and we stopped many times to take pictures of churches, Bavarian Alps, and everything that caught our eye.
Visiting the Neuschwanstein castle in late April was ideal because it wasn’t as crowded as it gets during summer. Still, it’s a good idea to make ticket reservation for the guided tour online. This way, you’ll skip the endless line of people waiting to buy the tickets on the spot.
The castle is built on a cliff, and you have several options to get up there. You can either take a shuttle bus, horse-drawn carriage or walk about 1.5 km uphill. We opted for the shuttle drive up and slowly walked down from the castle after our tour.
King Ludwig II started to build the castle in 1869 with an ambitious plan of creating a magnificent castle with more than 200 rooms. Ludwig died in 1886 and never saw the finished castle. To this day, only about 15 rooms are finished.
The castle was opened to the public shortly after his death. And now, about 1.3 million people visit the castle yearly. You can walk around the castle freely, but the castle tour is guided. You cannot take pictures inside, so only way to see Ludwig’s bedroom, servants’ rooms, music hall, and quite modernly equipped kitchen is to take the tour.
After visiting the castle, we walked around the Hohenschwangau, village under the castle. It was a late afternoon, and since many tourists were already on their way back, the village was rather empty, quiet, and peaceful. I love when the crowded places empty and we get a chance to enjoy an unhurried stroll around.
We ended up having early dinner at a restaurant on the lake shore. The food was delicious and the view over the Alpsee lake priceless. Because of such a nice and unseasonably warm weather, the restaurant was packed with locals. We got a table after a short wait and then stayed for well over an hour, enjoying the food, view, and the moment. It was a perfect end to our day trip out of Munich.