Not far from Hohenschwangau Castle, Ludwig II of Bavaria ordered the construction of this fairy-tale palace. Perched on a rocky ridge overlooking the Pöllat gorge, the sheer drama of Neuschwanstein Castle leaves all who see it spellbound. The flamboyantly ornate interior gives the impression of stepping into a dream world. Note particularly the third floor, which contains a facsimile grotto, a winter garden, the unfinished Throne Room and the Minstrels' Room.
Address:Alpseestraße 12, 87645 Neuschwanstein
Phone:+49 8362 930830
ticket counter Apr-Oct: 7.30am-5pm; Nov-Mar: 8.30am-3pm - audio guided tours in French early Apr-mid Oct: 9am-6pm; mid Oct-end Mar: 10am-4pm - closed 1 Jan, 24-25 and 31 Dec
Exploring Bavaria’s castles
Ludwig II of Bavaria was a solitary dreamer, little interested in affairs of state who devoted his brief reign to edifying extravagant projects in the shape of ever grander and more luxurious castles. Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee, three palaces he built during his lifetime, bear witness to both the ambition and the eccentricity that characterised this “fairy tale king”.Discover