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“A Magical Day”

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 January 23, 2014

We spent the day hiking from the base of the mountain up to King Ludwig II's fairytale castle and around to the well known picturesque sight.
The castle itself is architecturally stunning on the outside and on the inside it was just as gorgeous. The tour was basic but sufficient, the tour guide (her name escapes me) was friendly and full of entertaining facts.
Once you've finished appreciating Neuschwanstein Castle, take a stroll down to the cafe/restaurant and eat lunch by the Swan Lake. I can't wait to go back.

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Reviewed January 22, 2014

The experience was extraordinary…Is like living a fantasy story of Disney, and as a matter of fact it is, because this castle was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty. You have to take horse carriage to get to the castle, or a 15 minute walk, uphill. The most adventurous can walk, uphill again, to a bridge over a marvelous water fall.

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Reviewed January 21, 2014

Bavaria is a special state in Germany with its breathtaking lakes and mountains. And Neuschwanstein is definitely a jewel in the crown of Bavaria.

Situated close to Fussen at the south end of Bavaria, you can reach this attraction by car/train from Munich. Here are some tips from my visit.

1. Usually you don't need more than 5-6 hours for the visit. So a day trip from Munich is good enough, you may not need an accommodation in Fussen (typically)

2. From Fussen train station, a bus service connects you to the castle. Otherwise, you can hire a cab for about 10 EUR one way

3. There are 2 castles: Neuschwanstein (the main and attractive one) and Hohenschwangau

4. ** Most Important ** You need to buy a ticket with a time slot to visit the castles. If possible, buy it online the previous day before your visit. Otherwise, reaching at 11 AM on a busy day - the earliest slot possible may be around 4 PM. And usually by around 12-1 PM you cannot buy a ticket for the day!!! (Website: http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/admiss.htm)

5. To go up there are 2 options: Bus and Horse carriage - prefer the Horse carriage as it takes you closer to the castle. But both these modes have a long queue and keep this in mind to reach the top in time for your time slot

Again, be prepared for crowds and try to reduce your luggage as much as possible. This will make your visit more comfortable. And, don't miss the serene Alpsee nearby!

3  Thank Ashwin_c
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Reviewed January 20, 2014

The castle itself is beautiful and the walk up to the castle is refreshing. However, the tour with the castle staff was mechanical and boring, with no attemp to entertain.

1  Thank Nicole M
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

I found the castle fascinating. The staff in the welcome center where you pick up your ticket were a bit gruff and rude, but our tour guide was absolutely top notch and knowledgeable. He could answer any question and brought the story to life. We opted for the bus to get to the top and was glad we did. When you get dropped off, there is a fork in the road for the bridge and the other fork goes to the castle. We made the mistake of going to the bridge first and then continuing on that path which we thought led to the castle. It got narrow and a bit scary. We luckily turned around or we would have missed our turn. The castle is a bit hard to find and we didn't find adequate signage. You wait outside for your tour to be called. The interior of the castle is gorgeous and ornate, but they do not allow pictures so you have to buy their books in the gift shops. According to our guide, King Ludwig was not mad, just a bit eccentric. He built this castle with his own funds so he wasn't spending the people's monies. Glad that I went.

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