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How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle Germany? Find tips about public transport and Neuschwanstein tours.

More than one million visitors per year visit Neuschwanstein. King Ludwig's dream castle is one of the biggest tourist attractions in Germany. For many travellers a visit is a dream come true.

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The fantastic setting of Neuschwanstein Castle

The stunning location of the castle, the eccentric architecture, the beauty of the surrounding landscapes, and the majestic Alps as a backdrop of the castle add up to make Neuschwanstein the huge visitor attraction that it is.

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The beauty of Neuschwanstein is touching and captivating. I am convinced, the castle is going to facinate you as well.

Are you ready to visit? Let me answer your questions, I know you have them.
* Is it best to go on my own?
* What's the advantage of joining a tour?
* How much walking is necessary to get to the castle?
* Is it worth to stay a couple of days in the immediate vicinity of the castle?
* What is the closest town?
* Can I visit the castle by public transport?

Read on and find your answers on this page. Let me help you to plan a perfect journey. See the topics covered below...

Facts you should know    How to get there?    Public Transport    Tours from Munich    Where to stay?

News & Restrictions - Check out if restoration work or any closures might affect your visit.

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Facts for your Neuschwanstein visit

Despite the fact that Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles are busy places, a visit can be most enjoyable when you take your time. Walk around before or after your tour of the interior, and enjoy the stunning views and beautiful landscape.

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Walking path down to the castle from Marienbrücke

For many visitors it is a highlight to see Neuschwanstein Castle, even if only from the outside. You can walk up to Marienbrücke for the most stunning views and photo opportunities.

  • With more than 1 million visitors per year, about 6,000 on busy summer days, Neuschwanstein can be a crowded place. July, August and September are the most busiest months.
  • You are not allowed to take photos and videos inside Neuschwanstein castle.
  • Remember that the palace building has 5 floors, so you'll have to go 165 steps upstairs, and 180 steps downstairs.
  • Opening times: The Neuschwanstein Castle is open daily except Christmas Eve (24.12.), Christmas Day (25.12.), New Years Eve (31.12.) and New Years Day (01.01.).
    Ticket sales: From 8am to 5pm (April - September) 9am to 3pm (October - March).
    Please note: During the castle concerts week in September the ticket centre closes 30 minutes earlier.

Interior castle tours

Guided tours inside the castle take about 30 to 35 minutes, and are well organised. Some people are happy with that, others feel rushed.

  • You can only visit the interior of the castle on a guided tour, operated by castle staff. Tickets are only available at the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau or online on their website for a small reservation fee..
    Whether you buy tickets in the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau, or online, they are only valid for the tour stated on the ticket. The ticket shows the exact time and tour number, so be there in time and don't miss your tour. Be aware that there might be long queues on the ticket counter to collect the ticket.
    Online reservations have to be made until 3 pm the day before your visit at the latest. You can enter a desired entrance time when you book. There is a separate counter at the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau to collect reserved tickets.
  • Regular ticket price is 12 € for Neuschwanstein, 12 € for Hohenschwangau, or 23 € for the King ticket to see both castles within one day.
  • Guided tours are held in German and English, for other languages audio guides are available.

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Ticket Centre in Hohenschwangau

How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle

Once you arrive in Hohenschwangau you have several options to get up to the castle.

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"Old-time" transport to the castle
  • Walk: Depending on where you start in the village, a walk up to the castle takes about 30 to 50 minutes.
    From the ticket centre it is about 1.5km uphill on the paved Neuschwansteinstrasse.
  • Horse-drawn carriage: Departure point is in front of hotel Müller in Hohenschwangau. Tickets cost 6 € uphill and 3 € for the downhill journey. It is quite fun to use the horse carriage. The carriage stops just below of the Schlossrestaurant and hotel. From here it is a short walk of about 300m up to the castle entrance.
  • Bus: The bus service starts in front of Schlosshotel Lisl and takes you to the "Jugend" lookout / Marienbrücke. Enjoy the stunning views to Neuschwanstein & to the Pöllat Gorge before you walk down to the castle. The 600m path is paved but very steep. The sign at the bus station says the walk is not suitable for the disabled.
    On the walk downhill you'll get a beautiful view over Hohenschwangau castle, the village, and to the Alpsee & Schwansee.
    Ticket costs 1.80 € uphill, 1 € downhill. The buses don't run when there is ice or snow. Dogs are not allowed on the bus and in the castle.
Check out this handy Hohenschwangau map!

neuschwanstein bus timetable

News & Updates

Marienbrücke is currently closed due to renovation work. Repairs will continue until the end of July 2016, perhaps a little longer. Visitors can still use the bus to the stop Marienbrücke, and then walk down to the castle

Pöllat gorge is also closed until further notice due to rock falls.

When you visit in wintry conditions, be aware that the path from the castle to Marienbrücke might be closed due to snow & ice. Also, the buses to Marienbrücke and the horse carriage won't operate when there is ice & snow.
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Guided Tours from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle

These tours from Munich are great when you don't have your own car, and don't want to figure out yourself how to go by train to Neuschwanstein castle.

As the guided tours inside the castles are operated by castle staff, they are are not included in these packages. However, the big advantage, when you book a guided tour from Munich, is that your tour guide will take care of the tickets.

Apart from the first tour listed below, you have the chance to also see Linderhof Castle, a fact many travellers appreciate.
  • Neuschwanstein Castle Small Group Day Tour from Munich

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    If you want a train ride but don't want to care for train tickets and avoid lining up for your castle ticket this is the right tour for you.
    Your tour guide gives you interesting information about King Ludwig II and Neuschwanstein castle while you are on the train. You'll be also shown the best vantage spots and the waterfall gorge at the castle.
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  • Overnight Royal Castles Tour - Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein

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    On the first day you are going to see Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau before you proceed to Hohenschwangau and a tour of Neuenschwanstein.
    Stay overnight at Hohenschwangau and enjoy a tour of this castle the next morning. The afternoon is free. Walk to Alpsee or Schwanensee, or relax in a lovely cafe in Hohenschwangau.
    The coach takes you back to Munich where you arrive at approximately 7 pm.
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  • Royal-Castles-of-Neuschwanstein-and-Linderhof-Day-Tour from Munich

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    Take the opportunity to visit Neuschwanstein Castle and Linderhof Castle in one day.
    Travel by air-conditioned coach from Munich to Linderhof, have a short stop in Oberammergau, and finally 4 hours to explore Neuschwanstein and join the optional tour inside the castle. Your tour guide gives you tips and the necessary information to make the most out of this long day.
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How to get to Hohenschwangau by public transport?

From Munich there is a train and bus connection to Fussen about every hour. It is a nice journey (2 1/2 hours) through the lovely countryside of the Allgäu. Make sure that you catch the direct train to Füssen which runs every 2 hours (07:50 and 09:50), otherwise you have to change trains additionally in Buchloe or Bissenhofen.

In Fussen take either Bus 73 to Steingaden Feuerwehrhaus or Bus 78 to Tegelbergbahn, Schwangau. The bus stop is called Hohenschwangau, Schlösser.

The regular fee is about 58 € for a return ticket from Munich (bus included).
However, you can save money if you buy a Bavaria ticket, it costs 23 € for the first adult, and 5 € each for 4 more travellers. Children up to 14 years travel for free with their parents or grandparents. (Prices are subject to change!)

You can purchase the Bayern-Ticket online or at ticket machines. When you buy tickets on the DB counter they cost 2 € more. The Bavaria ticket is valid from 9am to 3am the next day on all regional trains and most busses (not on ICE & IC train).

Please note: There is no seat reservation on regional trains and busses. Older trains and buses might not be air-conditioned.

Hotels in Hohenschwangau

Discover why Ludwig II was fascinated by this area in southern Bavaria. Take your time and stay a while when you visit Neuschwanstein castle.

Hotels are nice and comfortable and offer great country hospitality. Use the search box to find a hotel in Hohenschwangau, Schwangau, or Füssen. These towns are convenient to stay when you want to visit the royal castles.

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