Before there was Disney and its fantasy castle, there was schloss Neushwanstein. Nestled in the Bavarian Alps, 1 1/2 hour from Munich, is the genesis for Disney Castle. Built in mid-1800 by king Ludwig II, this castle was built to fuel the King’s fantasy-filled reclusive life.
The first view from the town is beautiful. There are about 10,000 tourists who visit this castle everyday. It is about a 20 min climb to the castle and another 15 minutes to Mary’s bridge.
Climb up to the bridge and the view from the bridge.
View of the castle where king Ludwig grew up (rebuilt by his grandfather on the site of an earlier 12th century castle).
absolutely gorgeous – how did you know about all these places? are you using Rick Steves guide or some other guide like that?
Many options. I have Rick Steve’s, Fodors and the Triposi Apo on my iPad.
I always wanted to see this place and missed it on my last trip to Germany. Thanks, P and I for taking me there.
Do they let you go inside? Can you climb up to the tippy top tower and look out that tiny window? That is what I am fantasizing about when I see your photos… also, what’s up with that huge line of people? Were they all waiting to get inside the castle or go across the bridge for the lookout? I have about 1 million questions… I am jealous you got to see this epic place in person. I’ve always wanted to go. 🙂 (but, I really want to climb up to the tippy top tower…)
Yes they do let you go inside (group audio guide). The huge line is for viewing from the bridge. Unfortunately they don’t let you go to the tower (closed off for tourists). You do get to one of the balconies though.
We haven’t been there, yet. Now it reminds me to do that. It looks really fantastic.
What a beautiful castle! Your girls probably know that the Cinderella Castle in Disneyland was based on this castle.