Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Legendary Newschwanstein Castle

Cradled in the sweeping Bavarian alps stands the most renowned castle in Europe. With its unbelievable interiors and breathtaking views, it’s no wonder why Newschwanstein Castle is a must see. No trip to Germany would be complete without a visit to the home of the ‘fairy tale king’. With this guide to Newschwanstein Castle, you’ll be able to make the most of your trip.

Buying Tickets

Especially in the summer months, the area is typically flooded with hordes of tourists and it can be tricky to reserve tickets at the entrance. You can reserve tickets up to two days in advance from their website. 

Additionally, I recommend taking the tour offered but be sure to reserve in advance since the English tours often get booked up fast. The tour lasts for around thirty minutes. Reading a bit on the history before going is also something I would advise since there is just so much inside and you’ll gain a better appreciation if you know what you’re seeing!

Getting There

Train – If you are visiting the castle from Munich, then take the central train to Fussen. Once you arrive, take bus 78 to the castle.

Car – If you are able to rent a car for you trip, I highly recommend doing so. There is plenty of parking at the bottom of the hill. If you decide to go by car, you will have much more freedom to explore the surrounding towns that are well worth the trip.

Reaching the Castle

Walk – from the entrance, it is about a 20-30 minute uphill walk to reach the castle. Don’t underestimate how steep the walk actually is and in the summer months this can feel even tougher.

Horse – there are horse carriages available near the entrance if walking isn’t something you want to do. They usually cost about ten euros.

Best Photo Opportunities

View of Newschwanstein Castle from Mary’s Bridge

While taking photos inside the castle isn’t allowed, there are plenty of other spots catch the perfect shot:

  • When your tour of the castle is finished, before you pass through the kitchens and souvenir shop, there’s a balcony with the most enchanting view. Even if you’re in a hurry to leave, be sure not miss this.
  • Mary’s Bridge – this is a great spot to visit after you tour as it is only about a fifteen minute walk uphill from the castle. The bridge offers an incredible unobstructed view of the castle and the gorge beneath.
  • Poellat Gorge – you can go down to the gorge following a trail near the Mary’s Bridge.
  • Cable Car – located near the castle, there are several chair lifts that offer amazing aerial views. One that I recommend is the Tegelberg Lift. There are also other fun activities on the site of this chair lift like a roller coaster.

Where to Stay

If you have time, then definitely stay in the region for a few days. I don’t recommend staying specifically in Hohenschwangau since it is very touristy and the only attraction there is Newschwanstein Castle. Fussen is a must see for its pastel charm and adorable store fronts. Also, if you came by train then this is where the station is, so definitely be sure to check it out.

I highly suggest the area of Garmisch. There is so much to do including hiking and seeing the famous Partnach Gorge. Although staying in this area will likely only be realistic if you came by car.

View from Blaue Gams Hotel, Garmish

There is an amazing restaurant and hotel there called Blaue Gams, so be sure to check it out!

Final Thoughts

Newschwanstein Castle view from Mary’s Bridge

When I travel, I usually like to step off the beaten path and explore places that are not as well known. I was a bit hesitant to come to Newschwanstein because of the hordes of tourists and overall hype surrounding it. However, I am happy to say that it is well deserving of the fame. This once in a lifetime experience of visiting the fairytale king’s home will not disappoint!

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