The Fairytale Castle: Neuschwanstein

Germany is a land filled with historical buildings and German castles and forts are among the most renowned in the world. Each week I publish a post about a German castle or fort and tell you – my readers – about its history, important things to see there and much more.


Schloss Neuschwanstein, literally New Swanstone Castle, is one of Germany’s most famous landmarks. It is also one of the (if not the) most visited tourist site in the country. It was visited by Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and is situated near Füssen, southwestern Bavaria in Germany. King Ludwig II was known in Bavaria as der Märchenkönig or the Fairy Tale King. If you look at the castle, you can see why that was. Interestingly, Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration of Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

The castle was built between 1869 and 1892 and could never be completed. No luxury was spared in the building of the castle, but it was too small to be the seat of the royal court. Instead, it was intended more as a luxurious and grand setting for the king. King Ludwig II lived in Neuschwanstein for only 172 days before his mysterious death by drowning in the picturesque Starnberg Lake in 1886.

Neuschwanstein is a remarkable castle but, in my opinion,

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A room inside the castle.

the real beauty lies in the breathtaking view from the top. The castle is built on a hill and offers a commanding view of the surrounding scenery. There are places to park at the bottom of the hill. Please keep in mind that the climb to the top is really steep and could be exhausting for people who aren’t fit.

I highly recommend you book your tickets online here because the line is really really long and you might well end up spending half the day waiting in a queue. Also beware of the hordes of tourists (whom you don’t ever see in the photos) which descend on the castle literally every day. According to statistics, the castle is visited by 6,000 tourists on a regular summer day. My advice is, book a tour so you can have some peace from that most reprehensible species: the tourist. My last advice is to see the castle once – but maybe not the first time – in winter while it is snowing. It looks really magical. You need not climb up top, just look at it from the distance.

The view from the castle top in winter.

The view from the castle top in winter.

While visiting Neuschwanstein, don’t forget to check out Starnberg Lake and the nearby Hohenschwangau Castle, which I will feature in another post.

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