Neuschwanstein Castle Tickets

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Opening hours

1st April - 15th October: 9 am - 6 pm

16th October - 31st March: 10 am - 4 pm

The castle is open every day apart from Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Tickets cost €13, and they're free for visitors under 18 years.

How to get there

Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau

Munich, the closest major city, is an ideal base for visiting the castle. The journey takes just over 90 minutes by car or train. You can catch the train or bus to nearby Füssen, or drive along the A7 motorway toward Ulm-Kempten-Füssen. It’s easiest to park at the nearby village of Hohenschwangau.

FAQ

What are the origins of Neuschwanstein?
The castle was originally intended as a home for Ludwig II, nicknamed both the ‘Swan King’ and the ‘Mad King’, which gives some idea of how controversial he was. A lover of the arts and all things beautiful, he was a handsome monarch who devoted an enormous amount of his personal wealth to building Neuschwanstein. Unfortunately, he died before its completion in 1886, when it was decided that it should be opened as a public museum.
What makes it so famous?
A relatively new castle by European standards, Neuschwanstein is nevertheless one of the continent's most beautiful. Built in 13th-century Romanesque style, it is often mistaken as much older. With dramatic turrets and a location overlooking the forests of Bavaria, it’s easy to see why Ludwig devoted so much money to the castle. As the area is so secluded, it happily survived any damage in World War II and today stands as one of Germany’s most important landmarks.
What can I see inside?
Walk through vast gilded halls adorned with sparkling chandeliers, paintings depicting the works of Wagner and painstakingly crafted architectural features. As the castle never became an actual residence, it features large open spaces rather than cramped bedrooms. The Hall of the Singers is a nod to Ludwig’s love of music, while the colourful Throne Hall would have been the King’s formal reception room. The sheer level of care and detail in every single nook of the castle is astonishing.
How are visits organised?
Pre-book tickets for a 30-minute guided tour of the castle, which gives you an excellent overview of the residence. These tours are given in German and English, and speakers of many other languages can make use of electronic audio guides. Either book online or get your ticket the day of your visit from the office in Hohenschwangau just below the castle. In peak summer season, it’s usually wise to go with the online option.

Must-know

The best time to visit
Bavaria is a beautiful part of Germany that can be enjoyed throughout the year. The area has reasonably mild weather compared with the rest of the country, even in winter – anything below freezing is unusual. In summer, expect temperatures in the low 20s. If you want to beat the crowds, come in spring or autumn, and you’ll enjoy pleasant weather and the changing colours of the gorgeous surrounding forests. That said, winter is an excellent time to experience the famous German Christmas markets in Munich alongside a visit to Neuschwanstein.
Arrive in style
From outside Hotel Müller in Hohenschwangau, you can pay just €6 uphill and €3 downhill for a horse-drawn carriage ride to and from the castle. What better way to realise your fantasies of being a prince or princess? You can pay the carriage driver directly and enjoy the ride year round. If it should snow, the service may not be available, but this isn’t common. Carriages are a particularly fitting mode of transport that Ludwig surely would have approved of.
Accessibility
Neuschwanstein Castle is wheelchair accessible. You’ll need to book your ticket in advance, but will get reduced entry fees and can bring a companion free of charge. Take a carriage, whose drivers are happy to assist wheelchair users, or catch a bus to the Jugend stop. From there, it’s a 500m walk to the castle, with some gradient.

Places nearby

See the sights around the village
Hohenschwangau, reminiscent of a fairytale village, is fitting for the castle that towers above. Consider crossing the dramatic Marienbrücke Bridge, which offers superb views over the Alpsee Lake and a waterfall – it's the perfect place for a photo with Neuschwanstein in the background. Hohenschwangau also has its own castle close by, which was Ludwig’s childhood home. It’s well worth seeing in addition to Neuschwanstein when you’re in the area. The Museum of the Bavarian Kings will deepen your understanding of the area’s history even further..
See the sights around the village
Hohenschwangau
Munich
It’s likely you’ll be staying in Munich when visiting Neuschwanstein, and there are plenty of amazing historic sights to see here, too. As Bavaria’s main city, it boasts stunning urban architecture in its central Marienplatz. Nymphenburg Palace, another former royal residence to explore, has rococo interiors and gardens set over 20 hectares that are simply breathtaking. Head to the Hofbräuhaus am Platzl for delicious schnitzel washed down with a stein of Bavarian beer.
Munich
Munich
Reutte, Austria
Cross another country off your list and hop on over to this city of the picturesque Tyrol region. Nestled among the mountains, it retains a traditional market culture, and its citizens enjoy a refreshingly relaxed way of life. The ruins of Ehrenburg Castle offer a contrast to the stately palaces of Bavaria, but are no less beautiful. The ruins date from 1290 and can be toured independently. The hike up, which is quite steep and suits active travellers, is rewarding, as the ruins are often empty or nearly empty.
Reutte, Austria
Reutte, Austria