My friend Edd wrote this fantastic guide to help you plan your trip.
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Stay at the historic Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein Hotel, you can't sleep closer to the famous castle. From here it is only a very short walk to the entrance of the castle.
Built to host and feed the workers and constructors of Neuschwanstein castle, modern-day visitors can enjoy hospitality at a beautiful location.
This hotel is your best choice if you want to visit Neuschwanstein castle, provided you have your own car, or don't mind to pay the taxi fee from Hohenschwangau.
If you don't have much baggage, you can also use the horse carriage from Hohenschwangau which stops right at the front of the Schlossrestaurant.
Hotel guests have the huge advantage to get a permit to drive up the road that is closed for all other traffic.
However, keep in mind that the drive to the hotel might be very slow due to the horse carriages and visitors on the road. Drive carefully and with patience.
Just in case you are wondering how else (if you are not a hotel guest) you can reach the castle, here is how you get to the palace.
The hotel is a listed building, steeped in history, and offers great atmosphere. Enjoy excellent hospitality and superb views of the alps and the castle while you walk around.
The restaurant is the place to meet other travellers during the day. Relax on the veranda with a coffee and a piece of yummy German cake, the view to the castle is included,
or dine in one of the guest rooms of the restaurant.
Choose from a wide range of international and typical local dishes like Käsepätzle, pork, sausages and Sauerkraut. Leave some room for the mouth-watering dessert, or a scrumptious ice-coffee (Eiskaffee).