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..
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.
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.