Neuschwanstein Castle, one of the most stunning castle’s in Europe, is a true bucket list destination. A magical experience, it must be seen to be believed.
Only a few hours from Munich, Germany..
I first traveled here while I was living in Munich and it was one of the most incredible experiences I’ve ever had.
The fairytale castle, inspired Walt Disney to create Disneyland. Both Cinderella’s castle in the 1950 movie and the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland were modelled after Neuschwanstein Castle.
King Ludwig II who was the king of Bavaria from 1864 until his death at 1886, had three castles; Neuschwanstein, Linderhof Palace and Herrenchiemsee Palace.
The construction of Neuschwanstein Castle began at 1868 and it was originally designed to have more than 200 rooms. Unfortunately the construction of the castle was never finished.
King Ludwig was found dead a few weeks after he moved in to his new castle in 1886. By this time only 15 of the room were finished and the funds of the project has been immediately cut. His death remained a mystery until this day. Some people think he committed suicide and others think it was murder.
It was only two months after his death, Neuschwanstein Castle was opened up to the public and quickly became one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany.
Autumn is usually the best time to visit, as the weather is cooler and there are fewer crowds. Avoid the winter months, as temperatures get below freezing, making it difficult to travel.
You can hire a car in Munich and the drive is 1 hour and 45 minutes, otherwise there are options for tour buses that are equally as comfortable.
There are various options of accommodation to stay in near Neuschwanstein Castle. For luxury hotels, you can stay at Villa Ludwig Suite Hotel or Hotel Das Rübezahl or for mid-range pricing, Hotel Füssen is equally great.