Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria

Neuschwanstein Castle is just one of King Ludwig II of Bavaria's fairytale castles.  Built in 1869 as an extravagant folly, it's now a major tourist attraction.

Bavaria's fairytale castle...

Bavaria's fairytale castle, Neuschwanstein (www.neuschwanstein.de) is near Füssen, south-southwest of Munich, close to the Austrian border.  You can easily do it as a day trip from Munich, no need for a tour, just do it independently.  This page tells you how.

Step 1, travel to Munich...

Step 2, take a regional train to Füssen... 

Step 3, take bus 73 or 78 from Füssen to Hohenschwangau. 

Visiting the castle, opening times, entrance fees & tickets...

Neuschwanstein in pictures...

Fussen station   A day trip to Neuschwanstein castle

Take the hourly regional train from Munich to Füssen station, pictured above left - it's currently being rebuilt.  Then take a bus from outside Füssen station to Hohenschwangau, the village below Neuschwanstein Castle...

Wide shot of Neuschwanstein castle's location

This photo shows how Neuschwanstein nestles against the mountains on the edge of the valley.

Horse & carriage from Hohenschwangau village up to Neuschwanstein castle  

It's a longish steep walk from Hohenschwangau village up to the castle, but there are alternatives...

  Inside the castle

The views over the mountains and Alpsee lake towards the Austrian border are breathtaking...

Mountain walks behind the castle   Inside Neuschwanstein

Behind the castle, walks hug the mountainside, so make sure you allow time for a wander.  The dramatic Marienbrücke footbridge (above left) leaps from one cliff to another, giving great views of the castle.

Neuschwanstein castle, seen from the mountain walk

This is the classic view from the Marienbrücke bridge behind the castle, looking towards the plain.


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