Neuschwanstein Castle Tours

Exploring Bavaria's Neuschwanstein Castle | King Ludwig II’s Dream

The Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th century architectural grandeur decked with a limestone facade and deep blue turrets. Overlooking the Bavarian Alps, this castle is the inspiration behind most castles...

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Eduard Riedel

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The decorations and paintings within the castle illustrate the ideals and longings of King Ludwig II.

The grand palace was not designed for royal representation but as a place of retreat for King Ludwig from the public eyes.

Behind the medieval appearance of the castle, the latest technology was in operation - hot air central heating, electric bell system, automatic flushing system in the toilets, running water on every floor, lift system to transport meals from the kitchen to the king, and telephones in the third and fourth floors.

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What to see inside King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein Castle?

The construction of Neuschwanstein Castle began in 1869 and lasted for over 17 years, finally being completed in 1886, the year of King Ludwig II's death. The castle's interior is just as impressive as its exterior, with luxurious furnishings and decorations.

Throne Hall at Neuschwanstein Castle
Singer's Hall at the Neuschwanstein Castle

Singers’ Hall

This hall was inspired by the Wagnerian operas, with lush tapestries and vibrant murals lining its walls. It offers a dramatic contrast to the Throne Room and features a stage and an orchestra pit. Although the hall was never used for its intended purpose, it was built out of King Ludwig II’s deep love for music and Wagner’s operas.

Minstrels' Hall at Neuschwanstein Castle

Minstrels’ Hall

The Minstrels’ Hall showcases elements inspired by the courtly traditions of the Middle Ages when troubadours and minnesingers were in vogue in Bavaria. This room offers a more intimate atmosphere than the Singers’ Hall, featuring a beamed wooden ceiling. The Minstrel’s Hall was envisioned as a private retreat for the king to be serenaded by a select group of musicians.

King's bedroom at Neuschwanstein Castle

King’s bedroom

King Ludwig II’s bedroom offers visitors a glimpse into the opulent and extravagant lifestyle he led. A four-poster bed is located at the center of the room. Lush silks adorn the walls and the ceiling is a masterpiece of stuccowork, adorned with playful cherubs and symbols of the monarchy. One can notice a prominent swan motif across the room’s murals, a nod to the king’s fairytale-like castle design.

Study Room at Neuschwanstein Castle

Study room

The study room at Bavaria’s Swan Castle offers a glimpse into King Ludwig II’s intellectual pursuits. Lined with bookshelves filled with leather-bound volumes, the room provided a space for the king to delve into history, philosophy, and literature. The focal point of this room is an ornately carved desk at the center, indicating where the king devoted his hours. 

Grottos at Neuschwanstein Castle


The Disney Castle of Munich is famous for its artificial cave system, also known as grottos. These caves, complete with waterfalls and a lake are an engineering marvel. These grottos were built as an escape for the king to retreat from court duties and indulge in a fantasy world. It is fascinating to imagine how around 1869, skilled workers re-created look-alikes of real caves inside a castle. 

History of Neuschwanstein Castle

The Neuschwanstein Castle was built upon the ‘Mad King’ Ludwig II’s design aspirations and Wagner’s operas. While the king spent exorbitant amounts of funds to construct the castle, it remained incomplete at the time of his death. Here’s a breakdown of how Ludwig came up with the Swan Castle’s design, how was the construction process, and how it functions in the present day. 

  • 1867 to 1868: King Ludwig II, the ‘Mad King’ of Bavaria commissioned architect Eduard Riedel to begin designing his dream castle. He incorporated elements of German Romanticism and Wagner’s operas and envisioned re-creating a medieval fortress.
  • 1869 to 1870: The castle’s foundation was laid. The necessary infrastructure like roads and utilities were mapped out. Several workers and architects from around Bavaria were involved in the construction process. 
  • 1870 to 1884: During this period, the main structures of the Neuschwanstein Castle, including the inner courtyard, the gatehouse entrance, and several towers were constructed. The castle’s exterior had begun to take shape, with intricate detailing inspired by Richard Wagner’s operas. 
  • 1884 to 1892: The Neuschwanstein interiors were mapped out during this period. From lavish furnishings to intricate wood carvings to constructing the vaulted ceilings in the Throne Room of the Neuschwanstein Castle, several changes were made to the palace during this time. 
  • 1884 to 1886: King Ludwig II’s private quarters, including his bedroom, study room, and dining room were hastened to completion during this period. These rooms reflect the opulent and lavish lifestyle of the king. 
  • 1886 to 1892: The construction of public areas within the Ludwig Castle, like the grand hall, ballroom, and guest suites was built during this time. 
  • 1892 to 1896: The surrounding grounds of the Swan Castle were landscaped during this period. While a majority of the rooms inside the Neuschwanstein Castle were completed around 1896, Ludwig II’s untimely death and financial constraints halted the construction process. Several sections of the castle remained unfinished. 
  • 1939 to 1945: Unlike many other castles in and around Bavaria, the Neuschwanstein Castle escaped major damage during World War II, ensuring its architectural integrity. 
  • 20th century: In the decades after World War II, the Bavarian Palace department made renovations around the castle premises. The focus was to ensure that its original design remained intact while maintaining the structural stability of the castle.
  • Present day: Today, the Neuschwanstein Castle receives hundreds of visitors throughout the year and is celebrated for its architectural brilliance. The Bavarian Palace department continues to oversee conservation efforts to ensure the long-term preservation of Ludwig II’s castle. This includes ongoing maintenance, restoration projects, and visitor management strategies to protect the castle and its surrounding environment.

Who built Neuschwanstein Castle?

Who built Neuschwanstein Castle?

Architecture of Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

Day trips from Neuschwanstein Castle

When planning a trip to the Disney Castle of Munich, look around the Hohenschwangau village and explore other castles near Neuschwanstein Castle. 

  • Hohenschwangau Castle: The Hohenschwangau Castle is a few minutes away from Neuschwanstein and was once the childhood residence of King Ludwig II. The castle’s name translated to ‘High Swan County Palace’. The Hohenschwangau Castle is popular for its romantic architectural style and its stunning location overlooking the Alpsee Lake and the surrounding mountains. Ludwig II’s father oversaw the castle’s construction, which was completed in 1837.
  • Linderhof Castle: Located near the village of Ettal, the Linderhof Palace is the smallest of Ludwig II’s commissions. However, the castle is renowned for its Rococo-style architecture, inspired by the lavish palaces of France's King Louis XIV, whom Ludwig admired. The interiors feature ornate decorations, gilded furnishings, and intricate wood carvings Like Neuschwanstein, the Linderhof Castle also served as a private retreat for Ludwig II. The castle is around an hour away from Neuschwanstein by car. 

Frequently asked questions about Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle

What is the Swan Castle?

The Neuschwanstein Castle is often referred to as the ‘Swan Castle of Bavaria’ for the castle’s interiors have several swan motifs. It is believed that King Ludwig II was fascinated by the legend of the Swan Knight and sought to incorporate its imagery into his creation.

Why is Neuschwanstein called the Disney Castle of Munich?

The Neuschwanstein Castle is known as the Disney Castle of Munich, for it served as the inspiration behind the castle that is shown when Disney displays its logo. It is said that Walt Disney was inspired by the fairytale-like appearance of Neuschwanstein and featured its turrets and towers in his company’s logo.

What is Neuschwanstein Castle famous for?

King Ludwig II, the ‘Mad King’ of Bavaria commissioned the construction of an elaborate, fairytale-like castle to incorporate his idealized versions of German Romanticism. He was fascinated by the courtly medieval legends and operas of Richard Wagner and sought to build a palace with these elements. The castle is famous for its grand structure and intricate architectural elements.

Why should I visit Neuschwanstein Castle?

When traveling from Munich to Bavaria, consider touring the fairytale-like Neuschwanstein Castle, with its towering turrets and grand towers. King Ludwig II had built this castle to give life to his idealized German Romanticism fantasies. The castle is also said to have inspired Walt Disney’s company logo. You can plan a Neuschwanstein Castle day trip and explore other nearby castles like Linderhof and Hohenschwangau Castle

Who designed Neuschwanstein Castle?

Several workers and architects were involved in the Neuschwanstein Castle’s construction process. The initial plan was carried out by Eduard Riedel under King Ludwig II’s guidance.

When was Neuschwanstein Castle built?

The castle’s construction began in 1869 and was largely completed around 1886. Due to Ludwig II’s untimely demise and financial constraints, the castle’s construction remained unfinished. Even today, several elements of the castle’s interiors are incomplete.

What town is Neuschwanstein Castle in?

Neuschwanstein Castle is located near the town of Fussen in the village of Hohenschwangau, overlooking the scenic Bavarian Alps.

How far is Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich?

The Neuschwanstein Castle is around 109 kilometers away from the city of Munich. It will take you an hour and a half to drive from Munich to Neuschwanstein. For your convenience, you can book Neuschwanstein tours including transfers from Munich. Air-conditioned buses or trains will take you from Munich to Neuschwanstein.

How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle?

If you are budget-conscious, you can travel from Munich to Neuschwanstein by train or bus. Take a train to the town of Fussen and get on a bus from Fussen to Schwangau. Get down at the Neuschwanstein Schwangau bus stop. You have to walk uphill to the castle hill to reach the entrance. You can also get a horse-drawn carriage for a more fairytale-like touring experience. 

What can I see at Neuschwanstein Castle?

The Neuschwanstein Castle has several rooms, an artificial grotto, and huge landscaped gardens, and was designed to serve as a private retreat for King Ludwig II. When touring the castle, look out for the Throne Room, the Singers’ Hall, the King’s bedroom, and more. 

What is Neuschwanstein Castle's timings?

The Neuschwanstein Castle’s opening hours are between 9 am to 6 pm from 23rd March to 15th October and from 10 am to 4 pm between 16th October to 22nd March.

What is the best time to visit Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle?

The spring and fall months of April, May, September, and October are the best months to visit Bavaria’s Neuschwanstein Castle. You can comfortably roam around the castle, as the weather is quite pleasant. 

How do I book tickets to Neuschwanstein Castle?

We recommend purchasing Neuschwanstein Castle tickets online to save time and money. Online ticket bookings ensure that you receive guaranteed access and can explore the attraction, no matter the crowd on the day of your visit. Consider booking premium guided tours to skip ahead of long lines.

Can I plan day tours from Neuschwanstein Castle?

Yes, when planning a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle, consider keeping a few extra hours on hand to tour the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle and Linderhof Castle. These castles were also commissioned by King Ludwig II and will provide a more comprehensive understanding of Bavarian history. 

Are Neuschwanstein Castle guided tours available?

Yes, you can choose between several Neuschwanstein Castle guided tours when booking tickets online. Premium guided tours allow you to skip ahead of long lines at the venue. If you are traveling in a large group, are short on time, or have elderly family members with you, consider booking Neuschwanstein tours from Munich, which include round-trip, air-conditioned transfers.

Is the Neuschwanstein Castle wheelchair accessible?

Yes, there are ramps and elevators inside the Neuschwanstein Castle to accommodate visitors in wheelchairs. However, we recommend bringing a caregiver or family member with you to traverse around the castle, for the road to the castle entrance is uphill and uneven.

Is photography allowed at Neuschwanstein Castle?

Yes, you can bring a camera or mobile phone to the Neuschwanstein Castle. However, you can only click pictures of its exterior and the gardens. Photographing its interiors is forbidden. 

Are there other attractions around Neuschwanstein Castle?

Yes, the Neuschwanstein Castle is located near other castles, which were also commissioned by King Ludwig II. The Hohenschwangau Castle, situated a few minutes away from Neuschwanstein was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II. The Linderhof Castle, around 45 km away from Neuschwanstein was another private retreat for the king.