You’ve seen Disneys’ Cinderella’s Castle in pictures. Did you know that Walt Disney based this castle after Neuschanwanstein Castle? Since I started working at Witte Travel & Tours in 2000, I have wanted to see this castle in person. Words can’t properly convey how I felt when I finally saw this amazing castle.
Tracy (my co-worker) and I decided to travel to Neuschanstein Castle independently vs. signing up for a tour. We wanted to take as much time to explore the area without having a set schedule. We also wanted to travel completely by the rail system during our trip. If you prefer, you can sign up for a bus tour vs. traveling independently.
Would I travel independently to Neuschwanstein again? The answer is YES. I actually would love to return in the spring when everything is blooming. I would also stay in Fussen, which is close to Neuschwantstein. This way I can focus on not only Neuschwanstein Castle, but also other Ludwig Castles as well.
Tips for your Neuschwanstein adventure:
- TICKETS – Buy tickets online. It will help you avoid long lines. While it was October, we ended up waiting in line for an hour just to purchase tickets. In busier times, this wait will be quite a bit longer.
- TRANSPORTATION is available across from the ticket office and is quite reasonably priced. Be prepared for a wait if you are visiting during busy times. We had a half-hour wait to get the shuttle bus. You can choose between a shuttle bus or horse carriage. However, please note that neither option takes you right up to the castle. You will still have to walk part of the way yourself and the roads are steep.
- MARY’S BRIDGE – I suggest you take the shuttle versus the horse carriage as it will drop you off near Mary’s Bridge (Marienbrucke). Be sure to hike to the bridge to see spectacular views of the castle. The bridge spans the gap over a waterfall nearly 100 meters below. It is well worth the time and hike.
- TOURING THE CASTLE – Give yourself enough time to get up to the castle. You receive timed tickets and if you are late, you won’t be allowed to tour the castle. The guided tour lasts a half-hour. Photography is not allowed in the castle. Note, during the tour you will have to go 165 steps upstairs and then down 181 steps.
- LEAVING NEUSCHWANSTEIN – I highly suggest walking down from the castle, past the horse carriage drop off, if you have time and don’t mind walking down a steep winding road. It was definitely worth the time to enjoy the scenery. You will happen upon a few shops and a hotel where you can stop for lunch. Tracy and I went this route and got to enjoy lunch outside with views of the castle.