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Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world. Walt Disney contributed to its fame, but this castle deserves all of the press it gets. Known as the Sleeping Beauty Castle at the beginning of every Disney movie, Neuschwanstein is a schloss (“castle” in German) set in the German countryside about an hour’s drive from Munich. It is surrounded by rolling green fields, toboggan runs, and a bright blue sky.
As we walked up the castle, we were amazed at its size. We walked to a bridge behind the castle to get the best pictures. We weren’t sure if we were going to go inside, but ultimately we decided that as long as we were there we should take advantage of the opportunity. Although the inside of Neuschwanstein wasn’t as grandiose as the other castle interiors we’ve explored, we were grateful to be led on an informative tour through King Ludwig II’s residence.
Although it was a bit chilly on the day we visited, we were so happy that the sun was shining bright and it was a clear day. Our jaws dropped as we saw photos of the castle in the winter covered in powdery white snow. It convinced us that we would have to make a return to witness the castle once more.
A couple tips and tricks for your visit to Neuschwanstein Castle:
- Try to buy tickets in advance. We were met with a big sign outside of the ticket center that read “Castle tickets sold out.” Thankfully, we asked and they opened another tour in the evening.
- Walk to the Marienbrücke bridge for the best photos (seen in photo above).
- Plan your trip around sunset. The entire surrounding area illuminates in the glow of the setting sun.
- Wear comfortable shoes and stretch for the walk up (and down) the hill! This one is a bit ridiculous, but my shins were not happy with me for the next couple days as the hill is steeper than I thought. Time to get on a German workout plan…
Neuschwanstein Castle is the perfect romantic day trip from Munich. Traipsing around the castle like a Disney princess, snapping photos of the cotton candy sunset, and breathing the fresh, crisp German countryside air paints the perfect travel day.