Bavaria Neuschwanstein Castle

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    Neuschwanstein Castle
    is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village ofHohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
    The municipality of Schwangau lies at an elevation of 800 m (2,620 ft) at the south west border of the German state of Bavaria. Its surroundings are characterized by the transition between the Alpine foothills in the south (toward the nearby Austrian border) and a hilly landscape in the north that appears flat by comparison.

    In the Middle Ages, three castles overlooked the villages. One was called Schwanstein Castle.In 1832, Ludwig's father King Maximilian II of Bavaria bought its ruins to replace them with the comfortable neo-Gothic palace known asHohenschwangau Castle. Finished in 1837, the palace became his family's summer residence, and his elder son Ludwig (born 1845) spent a large part of his childhood here.

    Vorderhohenschwangau Castle and Hinterhohenschwangau Castle sat on a rugged hill overlooking Schwanstein Castle, two nearby lakes (Alpsee and Schwansee), and the village. Separated only by a moat, they jointly consisted of a hall, a keep, and a fortified tower house.In the nineteenth century only ruins remained of the twin medieval castles, but those of Hinterhohenschwangau served as a lookout place known as Sylphenturm.

    The ruins above the family palace were known to the crown prince from his excursions. He first sketched one of them in his diary in 1859.When the young king came to power in 1864, the construction of a new palace in place of the two ruined castles became the first in his series of palace building projects. Ludwig called the new palace New Hohenschwangau Castle; only after his death was it renamed Neuschwanstein.The confusing result is that Hohenschwangau and Schwanstein have effectively swapped names: Hohenschwangau Castle replaced the ruins of Schwanstein Castle, and Neuschwanstein Castle replaced the ruins of the two Hohenschwangau Castles.

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    How to get there
    Neuschwanstein Castle is situated near Schwangau and Füssen in the Allgäu. The path to the castle starts in the village of Hohenschwangau, and this is also your last opportunity to park.

    Please note: Entrance tickets can only be bought at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle.

    By car or coach

    Take the A7 motorway (direction Ulm-Kempten-Füssen) until the end. From Füssen first follow the road B17 to Schwangau, then the signs to Hohenschwangau
    take the A7 motorway until the exit Kempten and then the road B12 to Marktoberdorf. Follow the road B16 to Roßhaupten – OAL I to Buching – and then take the road B17 to Schwangau and Hohenschwangau.

    The village of Hohenschwangau has only private parking facilities.

    Route planners you can find on

    By public transport
    Take the train ( to Füssen, then the 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.
    Information about the local bus lines:


    Map of the the village of Hohenschwangau with special information for visitors (section);
    Please note that cars and bicycles are not allowed on the road to Neuschwanstein Castle(Neuschwansteinstraße) and the road may only be used with the permission of the Neuschwanstein Castle administrative office. If you are a cyclist, please use the cycle path that branches off Neuschwansteinstraße after about 100 m.

    On foot
    It takes about 30-40 minutes to walk from the ticket centre to the castle (around 1.5 km on a steep uphill road).

    By horse-drawn carriage
    Departure point: Hotel Müller, Alpseestraße in Hohenschwangau
    Because of space limitations, the carriages cannot go right up to the castle. From the carriage turning area beneath the castle it is an uphill walk of about 300 metres or 5-10 minutes to the castle entrance.
    • Price: Uphill trip 6 euros / downhill trip 3 euros (as of 1 June 2014)
    • Tickets can be bought from the carriage driver.
    • The carriages operate all year round and shuttle between Hotel Müller and Neuschwanstein Castle according to demand, with no fixed timetable.
    • Reservations are unfortunately not possible.
    • The carriages do not operate when there is snow or ice on the roads.
      Please note that the carriage service is not operated by the Bavarian Palace Department, but by independent companies.
    With the shuttle bus
    Departure point: Schlosshotel Lisl, Neuschwansteinstraße
    Because of space limitations, the buses cannot be driven right up to the castle, but go viaBleckenaustraße to the Jugend lookout point (Marienbrücke) above the castle. From here there is a downhill walk of about 600 metres or 10-15 minutes (gradient of around 12%) to the castle entrance. This path is not suitable for anyone with impaired mobility!
    The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castleand later, similar structures.

    Opening hours and admission charges
    Tickets / Ticket booking system
    • Entrance tickets are available only at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle.
      Please buy your ticket before you set off to the castle!
      How to get from Hohenschwangau to Neuschwanstein Castle
    • Your entrance ticket is valid for a guided tour of the castle at a particular time. We wouldlike to explicitly point out that the tours begin punctually. Please allow sufficient time to get up to the castle, as if you arrive too late you will no longer be able to participate in the tour.
    • Please note that during the high season entrance tickets for a particular day may be sold out. We would therefore ask you to reserve your tickets well in advance.
    • HERE YOU CAN RESERVE TICKETS:reserve tickets online
      Tickets with a specific visiting time can be reserved for an additional prepaid charge two days before the desired castle visit (3 pm local time) at the latest. The visiting time can only be changed or the ticket cancelled up to 2 hours before the start of the tour (also by phone).

    Alpseestraße 12, D-87645 Hohenschwangau
    Telephone +49 (0) 83 62 - 9 30 83 - 0
    Fax +49 (0) 83 62 -9 30 83 - 20

    Opening hours
    Tickets on sale at the Ticketcenter
    April to 15 October: 8 am-5 pm
    16 October to March: 9 am-3 pm

    Opening hours of Neuschwanstein Castle
    28 March to 15 October: 9 am-6 pm
    16 October to 27 March: 10 am-4 pm
    open daily except 1 January and24 / 25 / 31 December

    Entrance tickets can only be bought at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau:
    Ticket-Center Hohenschwangau
    Alpseestrasse 12
    D-87645 Hohenschwangau
    Telephone +49(0) 83 62 - 9 30 83-0
    Fax +49(0) 83 62 - 9 30 83-20

    Neuschwanstein administrative office

    Please do not hesitate to contact our local office if you have any questions or would like to book aspecial tour. For entrance tickets please contact the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau.

    Schlossverwaltung Neuschwanstein
    Neuschwansteinstraße 20
    D-87645 Schwangau
    Telephone +49 (0) 83 62 - 9 39 88-0
    Infoline +49 (0) 83 62 - 9 39 88-77
    Fax +49 (0) 83 62 - 9 39 88-19

    Restaurants / multivision show
    On the second floor of Neuschwanstein Castle the "Café & Bistro"invites you to take some refreshment after your guided tour.
    On this floor we also offer a free multivision show on KingLudwig II and his famous castles.
    Just outside the gates of Neuschwanstein Castle you will find our franchised restaurant:
    Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein
    Neuschwansteinstraße 17
    87645 Hohenschwangau
    Telephone +49 (0) 83 62 - 8 11 10
    Telefax +49 (0) 83 62 - 8 16 88

    Tour of the castle
    Palas / 3rd floor

    Palas / 4th floor

    1 Lower Hall
    2 Throne Hall
    3 Anteroom (no picture)
    4 Dining room
    5 Bedroom
    6 Oratory
    7 Dressing room

    8 Salon
    9 Grotto and conservatory
    10 Study
    11 Anteroom
    (adjutant's room)

    12 Passage (no picture)

    2 Throne Hall
    13 Upper Hall
    14 Singers' Hall

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