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  • Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, Schwangau, Bavaria 87645, Germany
  • Hours: April–Sept 9am–6pm daily; Oct–March 10am–4pm daily; closed January 1, Dec 24–25, Dec 31
  • Admission: €12

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Neuschwanstein Castle

One of the most popular castles in Europe, Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle is best known for having served as the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Commissioned by the shy King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a private refuge, the castle opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Today, some 1.4 million people visit the castle of the "Fairy Tale King"every year (some 6,000 per day in summer!).

King Ludwig decorated Neuschwanstein Castle with the operas of Richard Wagner (and the corresponding medieval legends from his works) in mind, and this opulent influence can be felt throughout the palace. The castle's fairy tale charm also comes through especially well in the idyllic setting of the Bavarian Alps, where winter brings gorgeous views of the snow-capped mountains surrounding the palace grounds.

The castle is often visited on day trips by train from Munich or Frankfurt, an experience that provides great views of the surrounding scenery. A guided visit to Neuschwanstein can also be combined with trips to King Ludwig's other castles, Hohenschwangau, where he grew up, and Linderhof, his final home. Opt for a skip-the-line ticket for Neuschwanstein to save time.

Practical Info

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in the Bavarian Alps near the villages of Schwangau and Füssen in the Allgäu Alps—about 78 miles (125 km) southwest of Munich. Neuschwanstein Castle is only open for viewing via a guided tour available in either German or English, although audio tours are offered in many other languages. Note that photographs are not allowed inside the castle, so you'll have to save your visit in your heart—not your hard drive.

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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Fuessen, Füssen, null
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Skip-the-Line Neuschwanstein Castle Half-Day Tour from Fuessen

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

This skip the line 4-hour express tour begins in Füssen at 9am and includes the entrance fee to Neuschwanstein castle, a friendly tour guide and transport ...  Read more

Location: Füssen, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $38.00
Small-Group Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Luxury Coach Day Trip from Munich, Munich, ... 
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Small-Group Neuschwanstein and Linderhof Castle Luxury Coach Day Trip from Munich

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 243 Reviews

Visit the fairytale castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof on this day trip from Munich. Traveling by luxury coach — complete with Wi-Fi, panoramic windows ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 10 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $150.93
Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich, Munich, Day Trips
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Private Tour: Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau from Munich

4 star rating: Recommended 27 Reviews

Enter the fairytale kingdom of 19th-century Bavaria on this royal castle tour with an expert guide! Traveling from Munich by private vehicle, you’ll visit two ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $200.40
Private Day Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau from Munich Including ... 
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Private Day Tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau from Munich Including Return-Trip by Train

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

This private tour to Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Castle and Oberammergau starts from your Hotel in Munich or the surrounding area. This tour is the ideal ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: Flexible

From USD $649.31
Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, Munich, Private ... 
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Skip-the-Line Day Tour from Munich to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 Reviews

Immerse yourself in a land of fairy tales on this daylong tour of some of Bavaria's best scenery and royal sites. Leaving from Munich, you'll visit ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.49
Alpine Castle Bike Tour, Füssen, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Alpine Castle Bike Tour

Alpine peaks, hidden castles, and crystal-clear lakes: plan to discover the wild Bavarian landscape on this 4-hour bike tour. From the charming town of ...  Read more

Location: Füssen, Germany
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $27.15
Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich, Munich, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Neuschwanstein Castle Small-Group Day Tour from Munich

4.5 star rating: Recommended 1504 Reviews

The enchanting old-world town of Fussen lies in the foot hills of the Alps, framed by one of the most breathtaking natural settings in the world. Traveling by ...  Read more

Location: Munich, Germany
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.60
Frankfurt Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg Day Trip, Frankfurt, Rail Tours
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Frankfurt Super Saver: Neuschwanstein Castle and Rothenburg Day Trip

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 37 Reviews

Visit two of Germany’s most famous attractions in one day with this Frankfurt Super Saver, combining two best-selling tours at a discounted price. First, ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.28
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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Frankfurt, Frankfurt, Super Savers
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Neuschwanstein Castle Day Trip from Frankfurt

4.5 star rating: Recommended 14 Reviews

Visit fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for Walt Disney's 'Sleeping Beauty,' on this day trip from Frankfurt. Travel through the gorgeous ...  Read more

Location: Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $269.28
Neuschwanstein Castle - Skip-the-Line Ticket, Füssen, Day Trips
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Neuschwanstein Castle - Skip-the-Line Ticket

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Reviews

Skip the line with express ticket and save precious vacation time and unnecessary stress by standing in the line for hours waiting to get a ticket to visit the ...  Read more

Location: Füssen, Germany
Duration: Flexible

From USD $21.72

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