Schloss Neuschwanstein: A Glimpse Of The Famous Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein was built for the Bavarian King Ludwig II (1845-1886); it was begun in 1868 but never really completed. The king saw his castle as a monument to the culture and concept of monarchy prevailing in the Middle Ages, which he greatly admired and wanted to recreate. Built and furnished in medieval styles but equipped with the latest technology of the day, it is the most famous historical building in the world. – (excerpt from Bayerische Schlosserverwaltung)

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Everyone who has a deep fascination with fairy-tales and castles will surely fall in love with Schloss Neuschwanstein. Not only with the castle itself but with the scenery that surrounds it. I only saw this castle in Travel Channel before and by just watching it, I had this feeling of excitement that one day I’ll get to see it in person. The husband who noticed my eagerness, plus the fact that it is on top of my bucket list was convinced to book a particular tour that included Neuschwanstein Castle in the itinerary. That moment came last summer and I couldn’t be happier and excited to have a glimpse of what’s inside the majestic castle.

dsc_0039edited2As we were getting closer to the place, the caste was becoming more visible.  Sitting on top of the hill with the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps is the magnificent Schloss Neuschwanstein. The castle that I have been dreaming for so long is right in front of my very eye. It was truly a spectacular sight.

Arriving at the place, I was literally awed by its grandness. The picturesque views made me speechless. It’s really a paradise! If you have read my previous blog about the fairy-tale sights, you can see how picturesque the place is. (Read  15 Photos Of Fairytale Sights You’ll See When Cruising The Bavarian Alps)

dscf2060editedThe castle is approximately 20 to 30 minutes walk uphill from the parking lot. If you have enough time to spend you can follow the trekking trails that leads to the castle. However tourists with limited time  has options of either taking a bus or hiring a horse drawn carriage.

dscf2125The horse drawn carriage will actually give you the vibe like you’re back in the olden times wherein horses were the main mode of transportation. However, Derick and I didn’t like the feeling of having comfort at the expense these gentle animals. Although these horses are meant for the job and not maltreated, we still can’t stand seeing them suffer.

dsc_0086editedSo we chose the bus and had a short walk up to the castle. I cannot remember exactly, but I think we paid a couple of euros for a one way bus ride. Then after our tour inside the castle Derick and I opted to walk back to the meeting place since its easier walking downhill than up. I even had opportunities of taking more pictures on our way down.

dscf2070editeddscf2059editedAs we reached the top, the breathtaking views welcomed us right at the entrance of the castle. It was simply stunning and there were lots of greenery. Definitely summer is the best time to visit this place.

dscf2069editedCastle entrance

dscf2078editedEntrance to the courtyard

dscf2087editedAt the courtyard, our group gathered as we waited for our guided tour inside. Each group were given a specific schedule to tour inside the castle with an English speaking guide or any preferred language. The castle has a very strict NO PHOTOGRAPHY policy. All throughout the tour my camera was turned off and its difficult to sneak a shot because there were CCTV cameras in every corner. Thanks to the brilliant minded husband, he bought a book and scanned some photos in it so I can share it with you guys.

The interiors are very impressive and each of the items were properly maintained to preserved it’s original form.

dscf2114editedThe miniature Neuschwanstein Castle display in the museum.

dscf2105editedThe kitchen is the only area wherein photography is allowed.

Neuschwanstein castle is not the only attraction in Schwangau. Actually, I just learned during our visit that there was another castle that is equally interesting as the Neuschwanstein and that is Hohenschwangau Castle.

dsc_0097editedPeeking through the windows of the Neuschwanstein you can see the amazing views of the lakes and in between is the Hohenschwangau Castle.

dscf2126editedSchloss Hohenschwangau

The Hohenschwangau castle was built by King Maximilian II of Bavaria in the 19th century. It was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II.

dsc_0064editedOne of the things that add to the picturesque vistas of Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau is the stunningly beautiful Alpsee lake. Lying beneath the two castles, this lake has the clearest emerald water you would see and is also surrounded by the lush mountains of the Bavarian Alps.

dsc_0166editedAlongside the lake are restaurants and cafes that offers alfresco seats to enjoy the marvelous views while enjoying some drinks.

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Although the Neuschwanstein castle might not have a significant ‘happy ever after’ love story there is, however, it inspired many fairy-tale stories. And if you have a thing with something magical, then this castle should be on top of your bucket list. Frankly, I haven’t gotten enough of this place and given another chance I will definitely spend days here so as to enjoy my very own fairy-tale moments.

How about you, have you been to any castle? What’s your favorite one?

54 thoughts on “Schloss Neuschwanstein: A Glimpse Of The Famous Fairytale Castle

  1. I was here last summer with my kids. Didn’t think of booking tickets from home so we couldn’t visit it on the inside (we had to wait over 4 hours for the next available visit). So sorry, but a good excuse to go back because it’s a lovely region;

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    1. Too bad you and your kids didn’t get to see the inside of the castle on your first trip. But then again that would be a great excuse to plan another trip. Hoping that you would be able to do it. Such a lovely place to visit.

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  2. Neuschwanstein castle has been at the top of my bucket list for ages now! I hadn’t heard of Hohenschwangau though, so will make sure to pay it a visit too whenever I finally go.

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    1. Hi Silvia… It would be perfect if you would get to visit both castles on your trip to Bavaria. I’ll be wishing that you would be able to make that trip a reality soon. Thanks for visiting my blog…

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  3. That photo of the castle up on the hill with the little village down below looks like a picture straight out of a fairytale storybook (which I guess makes sense since a lot of those pictures were probably based on this castle like you said.) The whole castle looks stunning, I’d love to get to visit one day. That lake is gorgeous too. So much to see!

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  4. I visited here a few years ago and I absolutely loved it! Glad to hear you did too! It has to be one of my favourite destinations. Really is like a true fairy tale!! ☺️

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    1. That would be a great idea. Don’t miss that chance once you’re in Germany. I’m quite sure you’re friends would likewise enjoy that trip. Thanks for visiting my blog site Victoria… 🙂

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  5. Wow what a gorgeous castle, I would die to see that, how fun you that you did! Cant think of any right now that I’ve seen other than Sleeping beauty castle at Disney..ha!

    Val
    Fashion and travel

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    1. Hi Rosemary, there’s so many castles in Germany. I’m sure visiting the place will satiate your fascination with castles. The jigsaw castle is a good idea. I might get one and assemble it piece by piece and have it hanged on the wall. 🙂

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  6. What a great journey you had! Love castles, and Neuschwanstein is by far one of the greatest, at least in Germany. Bavarian Alps are magical, so no wonder such a beautiful castle was built there. Thanks for sharing your experience, will have to put it on my bucket list.

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  7. If everything goes as planned I’ll be in there in 30 days, so this post couldn’t had been sent at a better time. Since I’ll be going between Winter/Spring I honestly don’t know what to expect, but nevertheless this pictures make me more excited about it.

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  8. I was bummed I didn’t get to visit Neuschwanstein when I was in Munich. I plan to return to Munich this fall though, so I will definitely make it a priority to visit this time. I didn’t realize photography was banned inside, but I guess that would make sense because thinking back now, I can’t remember ever seeing photos of the inside of the castle!

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  9. A real horse-drawn carriage to go with the castle? How magical! I thought Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom was an extravagant castle, but this is such an architectural beauty!

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  10. The interiors of those castles and buildings are amazing. It required a lot of thinking to create that for sure. it’s always a treat to visit castles. Hopefully, I can see this in person one day.

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  11. Wow girrrrl! This has been my dream for so longggg hehe. I took German back in High School and did a whole project about this castle! I can never remember how to spell it tho hahaha 😛

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  12. Ang ganda Joy! Pano pumunta jan? san kayo ngbook? Anung weather and date kayo ngpunta? sorry, andami ko tanung, pag na lang siguro ngpunta ka dito para mtndaan ko din. hehe
    Beautiful pictures and very fairytale like!

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  13. This is definitely one of my favorite castles! I did not have a chance to go inside but thanks for the photos of the catalogues! They are very clear! My favourite view of the castle is from a bridge – I forget its name already because my visit was in June 2014. 🙂

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    1. Hi Vy, unfortunately the bridge was under repair during our visit. I’m kinda sad because I wasn’t able to capture the whole castle view from the bridge. If I’m not mistaken, the bridge was named after King Ludwig’s mother. Queen Mary’s Bridge (Marienbrucke). 🙂

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