Perched on a top of a hill overlooking the forested mountain tops and an alpine lake, Neuschwanstein Castle (also referred to as King Ludwig’s castle) is nothing short of a fairytale castle in Bavaria. Inspired by Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, this German castle was designed as a retreat for King Ludwig II. Both the interiors and the exteriors of this castle have been beautifully designed and are a sight to behold. With the Neuschwanstein Castle tickets, you will be able to see the many rooms here, King’s quarters, along with symbols of swans, grottos, and a lot more. If you love castles and palaces, then you just cannot miss out on Neuschwanstein Castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle, which translates to New Swan Stone Castle, is one of the biggest castles in the world. The construction of this castle begun in 1968 but couldn’t be finished in 30 years and out of the 200 rooms, only 14 rooms were completed. With its limestone facade and blue turrets, it is said that this fairytale castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty castles. With a Neuschwanstein Castle ticket, you can enjoy a guided tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle interiors including the grotto, Singer’s Hall, Throne room, King’s bedroom, and more.
Perched on top of a hill, this King Ludwig castle offers stunning views of the valley, the alpine lakes, and the Bavarian Alps surrounding the castle. One of the highlights of the castle is the Marienbrucke bridge that is located over a waterfall and offers stunning views of Neuschwanstein Castle.
With this Neuschwanstein Castle ticket, you get an air-conditioned, luxury coach transfer, entry fee, and guided tour of both Linderhof Castle and the Neuschwanstein Castle with an English/German-speaking guide. You also visit Oberammergau for a short break. This is a 10-hour tour that is valid for the selected date and guests can cancel up to 24 hours before the tour to get a full refund.
With this Neuschwanstein Castle ticket, you can enjoy a round-trip transfer to Neuschwanstein Castle, a professional English/Spanish-speaking guide, and a tour of the castle including the best vantage points. This 9-hour tour doesn’t include the fee for entry inside the castle. It is valid for your selected date and can be canceled up to 24 hours before the tour for a full refund.
Children under the age of 18 who are accompanied by their parents and students from general education schools have to pay just the advance ticket processing fee for the castle. Seniors who are above 65 years of age, disabled people, and students enjoy discounted Neuschwanstein Castle tickets too.
The best way to buy Neuschwanstein Castle tickets is by purchasing them online.
King Ludwig II wished to rebuild the old castle ruin of Hohenschwangau into an authentic old German-style castle that offers stunning views of the mountain Tyrol, noble Säuling, and farther in the distance.
Construction of the castle began in 1868. While the king estimated it to take 3 years to complete the castle, it took more than 16 years. Out of the 200 rooms, only 14 rooms were finished. In 1873, Ludwig II started living in parts of the castle but never saw his castle get completed. He died in 1886 and after some time, the castle was opened to the public as a museum.
Neuschwanstein Castle was King Ludwig II’s escape into the dream world which can be noticed in the architecture and decoration of the castle. There are 14 rooms inside the castle on the third and the fourth floor while the rooms on the second floor were never completed. The picture cycles inside Neuschwanstein were inspired by Richard Wagner’s operas and were based on medieval legends. You will find three main figures on the walls of the castle - the swan knight Lohengrin, his father the Grail King Parzival (Parsifal), and the poet Tannhäuser. They were Ludwig’s models.
There are swan symbols also found throughout the castle that was the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau and the Christian symbol of ‘purity’ that Ludwig believed in. The dressing Room and Throne room are the highlights of the castle. Another major highlight of the castle is the large window panes that were quite unusual during the reign of King Ludwig II as well.
Neuschwanstein Castle is open throughout the year except for 24, 25, and 31 December, and 1 January. Timing for the Neuschwanstein Castle throughout the year is as follows:
Duration: Visitors can expect to spend around 3 - 4 hours exploring this German castle.
By Car and Coach: You can drive your private vehicle or hire a transfer coach to reach Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau village. There are four parking spaces available in Hohenschwangau that charge 800 Euros for 6 hours of parking.
By Bus or Train: Visitors can take a train to Füssen and then a bus 73 or 78 to the Hohenschwangau Neuschwanstein Castles, Schwangau stop to reach the castle.
The best time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle is in the summer months as the weather is warm and pleasant and you will be able to enjoy the views around the castle. But to avoid the crowd, plan a visit in the winter months between October and June. Arrive early in the morning or after 3 PM to beat the crowd.
Cafe Bistro: This cafe is located inside the castle and offers stunning views of the valley and the village.
Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein: Earlier a canteen, this restaurant in the village offers views of the castle from the terrace and the gardens here.
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the biggest castles in the world and offers a lot of activities and attractions for the guests to explore.
Offering a stunning view of the Neuschwanstein Castle exteriors, Marienbrucke or Queen Mary’s Bridge is a must-visit on your Neuschwanstein Castle tour. This bridge was named after Ludwig II’s mother and is located 300 feet above Poellat Gorge. It provides a bird’s eye view of the German fairytale castle to the visitors.
This is a 19th-century palace close to Neuschwanstein Castle and was the childhood home of Ludwig II. It was built on the ruins of a medieval castle and is located on the opposite side of Neuschwanstein. From his bedroom in this palace, Ludwig II could see the valley and the Neuschwanstein castle being built.
Nestled amidst mountain slopes, Alpsee is a beautiful lake in Bavaria, Germany. This lake is located close to the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. Wild swans can be found on this lake and visitors can enjoy boating and hiking in this area.
Part of the Ammergau Alps, Mount Tegelberg is 2 km from Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle. Easily accessible by car, this mountain offers gorgeous views of Shwangau town and has several hiking trails for the guests to enjoy. You can also enjoy a hand gliding or paragliding experience here.
You can buy Neuschwanstein Castle tickets both online and offline at the venue.
You can choose between the Neuschwanstein, Oberammergau & Linderhof Premium Tour From Munich and Neuschwanstein Castle Tour & Transfers from Munich.
Yes, you can get a full refund on your Neuschwanstein Castle tickets if you cancel up to 24 hours in advance.
The Neuschwanstein Castle tickets are valid for the date and time selected upon the time of booking.
Yes, you can buy Neuschwanstein Castle tickets online in advance.
Yes, Neuschwanstein Castle can only be visited via a guided tour.
Since Neuschwanstein Castle interiors can only be visited as a guided tour, it is important that you choose this tour. This way, you can learn about the significance of each room and item and see the best vantage points from the castle.
Yes, Munich is a 2-hour drive from Neuschwanstein Castle. Visitors can plan a day trip to visit this German fairytale castle.
The best time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle is from October to June. It will be a little cold but there are fewer tourists at the castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle is open daily except for 24, 25, and 31 December, and 1 January. From April to 15 October, it is open between 9 AM and 6 PM. The castle remains open between 10 AM and 4 PM from 16 October to March.
Yes, Neuschwanstein Castle is wheelchair-friendly. There are horse-drawn carriages from the ticket center to the Neuschwanstein Castle. Inside the castle, there is a lift that makes it possible for wheelchair users to join the guided tour. Note: Due to Covid-19, the lift is currently out of service.
Visitors cannot take photographs and videos inside the Neuschwanstein Castle. But you can take photographs of the castle’s exteriors for private use without any permit.
No, animals are not permitted inside the Neuschwanstein Castle.