I've been to Neuschwanstein at the end of November, with snow on the ground, and it was beautiful. We climbed to the top where the castle is on foot, and it wasn't bad at all.
Great! Thank you, I will be sure to bring snow boots
We just made a visit a couple days ago and the weather was great. Cool, partly cloudy, clearing in the afternoon. Take a sweater and jacket, hike the mile up to the castle and ride back down if you get tired. The schokolade at the castle is great after a walk to the Mariennbruke and a short hike up the trail beyond.
Just be aware that two sides of the castle are covered in scaffolding until at least the end of the year. This ruins the view from the village, but from the bridge it's not too bad.
Thank you! I have not purchased tickets in advance. Is that necessary or are they readily available every day?
It is advisable to reserve tickets. Because when you arrive at the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau there could be long queues and the next few tours may be booked out already. In the very worst case you won't be even able to tour the castle same day.
When reserving you avoid the risk of longer waits or no tour. There is an own counter to collect the reserved tickets. No or only short queues there.
Well I am back from Germany and, while it was a wonderful trip, this time of year is not ideal for weather. Not too cold but so foggy you couldnt even make out the castle from the bridge. (It was an easy hike, thanks). Also went to Salzburg on a foggy day so couldn't see the Alps but both places were magical anyway. No problem getting castle tickets this time of year. But winter market starts Dec 1 and I'm sure the queus will resume.
PS: Dachau memorial is mostly indoors so weather is not a factor
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