I had a plan to get to the Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich and we followed it religiously. I did a lot of reading both on the castle’s website itself to looking through Tripadvisor and other tourists’s comments and advice. If you go onto the Tripadvisor forum for this castle, you will see that it is one of the most complex, thorough and complicated directions that I have ever come across. I went through every reader’s comment and wrote it down and confused myself further the more I read. I was confused it sounded like the castle was in a very remote place so how come we can do it on our own? I was also afraid that we will not be able to find it and get lost or find it and get lost on the way back. So I researched some more and wrote down the directions.
Going to the castle involves a train, a bus, a horse ride and walking. So you can see how intimidating the castle is, before we have even reached. But surprisingly once you start on the journey of getting there, it is not as difficult as it seems. In fact, I enjoyed the trip to the castle very much. There is a sense of satisfaction and achievement that I felt, for being able to navigate my family there safely and back. And I made sure to also check out the ticket counters etc or any other special tips that the tourists and locals shared with us before our trip. Along the way, you will see that there are also others who are going on the same route as you. They are trying not to ask you just like you are trying to look like you know what you are doing.
On each other’s faces, you can see apprehension, excitement and we are all looking forward to seeing this famous castle, live and in person.
Here is the plan: we did it in 2010 and it feels like it was yesterday.
From Munich to Hohenschwangau Castle:
– 830am sharp: Walk to Munich Hauptbahnhof from Hotel Jedermann.
– Take the 8.52am train from Munich Hauptbahnhof to Fussen. Cost of train: €28. Reach Fussen at 11.23am.
– From Fussen, take bus RVA/OVG 73 in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen or the bus RVA/OVG 78 in the direction to Schwangau until you reach the stop Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße.
TIP: If you travel back to Munich on the same day your Bayern-Ticket will still be valid. If you travel back on a later date you need to buy a separate ticket. There is no cheaper ticket available than the Bayern-Ticket.
From Hohenschwangau Castle to Neuschwanstein Castle:
You can walk to the castle in about 30 minutes.
By horse-drawn carriage
Departure point: Hotel Müller, Alpseestraße in Hohenschwangau.
From the horse carriage stand at the castle, it is about 300 m – approximately a 5-minute walk – to the castle entrance.
Costs: uphill journey 6 euros / downhill journey 3 euros
Once at the castle, the cost of the entrance is 9 Euros per adult.
We remembered that entrance tickets can only be bought at the Ticket Centre at Hohenschwangau in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle.
After that we waited at the departure point for the horse carriage, for our ride up. We walked the way down though.
We then walked up to the castle from where the horses stop their carriages. And then we saw this.
We joined the castle tour but it was very crowded and so we lingered towards the back and admired the castle’s interior. Photos were not allowed so we didn’t take any.
External of the castle – everyone was admiring the beautiful scenery and the weather was superb that day.
The funny thing is that I have always wanted to go to this castle but didn’t know what the name was or where it was. I have a jigsaw puzzle at home of this castle and I actually bought it 5 years ago. So maybe, it has been on my mind eversince. I only know it was this castle when I did my research on Munich and Germany.
Seeing the castle ‘live’ beats any jigsaw puzzle at home, definitely.
DANKE (Thank you), Castle Neuschwanstein.