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“What a fairy tale dream come true”

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Yet another of the eccentric King Ludwig II's magnificently odd architectural creations.
Reviewed April 24, 2013

We went at the end of winter so there was plenty of snow around to make it feel truly magical. We went on a bus tour so we were restricted for time, but I would have liked more time to be able to take in the village as well.

Thank Lisa I
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

This is such a wonderful area of Germany, if I could do it again, I would have rented a car, taken my time and possibly rented a room in one of the small towns along the way. Our tour guide was great, but we didn't have the time to see everything.

To visit Ludwig's castles, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, from Munich, we caught a bus which took us on a paid tour traveling along the Alps, winding through the hills with the mountains in the background and the Bavarian dairyland before us. Left and right were small Bavarian villages and farms all looking nearly identical and oil painted. From our tour guide, Nancy, we learned that there are building codes dictating the architectural style of all buildings, colors of paint, landscaping, etc. The government provides monetary incentives to encourage the property owners to stay within the Bavarian style...even an incentive to plant geraniums.
Ludwig II, Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm, was King of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death in 1886. Ludwig commissioned the construction of extravagant castles, including Linderhof, and the most famous, Neuschwanstein. Neuschwanstein is said to be the inspiration for Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom.

Ludwig was said to be a reclusive, eccentric with a penchant for nature, the arts, the French and for avoiding contact with most people.

Surrounding the Neuschwanstein castle is a town with gift shops and fairly decent restaurants, the most expensive being the closest to the castle. The town is small, so if you have the time, try one of the restaurants further out for some real home-style Bavarian food. I had soup at a restaurant close to the castle and then wished I had saved my appetite for some sausage, cheese and pastries served a little further out.

The Neuschwanstein was built in a niche within the Alps over a stream which flows through a gorge. Visitor may walk up to the castle or take a bus from town. I compromised and took the bus a portion of the way up and walked the rest to a bridge hovering precariously (it was wobbly) over the gorge and its torrent river (the winter snows were melting, swelling the river). Words cannot describe standing before the snow-capped Alps with pinion pine in the air and edelweiss (symbol of love, bravery, strength, and dedication) flowering everywhere. On the way was found a Bavarian musician serenading with a strange instrument which sounded like bag pipes to me. This lovey experience, alone, would have been enough to make the trip worthwhile. If you are physically able to strenuously walk, do so up to the castle and back down. Even with the crowd, you can get a sense of how isolated and inaccessible King Ludwig endeavored to be in the 1800's, and as a bonus, every inch of the way is scenic.
The castle tour was quick and only a portion of the castle was shown. Keep in mind that the castle was built in the 1800's when castles were no longer used as strategic, military fortresses. The castle has the feel of a medieval movie set, but each window displays a breath-stealing view to remind you that all is real with intent. My favorite spots in this castle were not mentioned by our guide. One spot is a short hall that appears to be built into the side of the mountain (an artificial cave) and another is a small balcony that offers simple twig furniture to the viewer, and of course, the view itself is jaw-dropping.

There is Byzantine style throne room with no throne, but with beautiful lighting and paintings and a mosaic floor. The castle had running water; a very modern kitchen for its time, flush toilets and hot water in the kitchen and baths. Ludwig admired Richard Wagner and was rumored to have saved Wagner's career. He honored Wagner by adorning Neuschwanstein with murals and paintings inspired by the German legends that were included in Wagner's operas.

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Reviewed April 24, 2013

We made a stop here on our drive from Vaduz to Munich, and this remains one of the highlights of our trip. We didn't do the tour, but enjoyed the scenery and the castle from outside.

I can't really comment on the inside of the castle, of course, but the surroundings, the castle structure itself are breathtaking. The drive from Vaduz is one of the most beautiful we've done (tip: don't take the highway, get on the local lanes and you'll drive across beautifully landscaped farmlands - you'll think you've been taken to a scene in the Sound of Music!).

The castle looks beautiful nestled among craggy peaks in the background and lush valleys all around. Since we were there in May, Spring was just starting and it was green as far as the eyes could see, contrasting with the dark mountains in the back. The walk up was pleasant, although a bit on the steep side.

I didn't think the courtyard of the castle was wow - it's a small place with nothing to see. However, if you walk around the castle and then walk another 10minutes, you come to a bridge. This is where the money shots are! Wow! Maybe it was the time of year, but it looked like a fairy tale. Beautiful castle, manicured valleys, foggy clouds, and dark peaks - what more can you ask for?

Definitely worth a trip - just to enjoy the natural beauty surrounding the castle.

1  Thank Mohammed B
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Reviewed April 21, 2013

We didn't get to go up to the castle due to logistical mishaps. This was the day after Christmas, and considering how touristy this attraction is, the lines were a mile long. It took us several hours to get to the ticket counter. By that point, the next English tour was two hours away, and pretty late in the evening, which would make it impossible for us to catch our train back to Munich. So after standing in line for 2 - 3 hours, we didn't get to see it. It looked interesting from afar. We wish they had a board up near the start of the line about tour times.

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Reviewed April 21, 2013

The first view from the car, walk up to the slope to the castle in freezing snowfall, the castle tour, the views from the Mary's bridge, and in general the whole view was just out of this world. We did it at our own pace, enjoying the view of the surrounding landscape in complete white covered in snow, and that made it look like out of the fairy tale that it is known for.

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