Once upon a time
in a land far far away
stood a white castle
a knight in shining armour
and a princess of course...
Last month I visited the most photographed building in Germany - Neuschwanstein Castle, aka Germany's fairytale castle.
Over the years Neuschwanstein Castle has been the inspiration for many children's tales and films including the castle in Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty. It's also a destination that's been on my romantic travel bucket list for a long long time. And indeed the castle was a fairytale.
Constructed in the late 1800s as a retreat for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, aka the 'fairy-tale king', Neuschwanstein Castle has a interesting history that includes obsession, madness, financial woe and a drowning, which makes it all the more mysterious.
Want to visit too?
- Neuschwanstein Castle is open to the public daily except 1 January and 24, 25, 31 December. To ensure you get to see inside book tickets in advance online here.
- It's a bit of a walk up to the castle, so do yourself a favour and wear sensible walking shoes (you really don't want to be in heels on the muddy track).
- Expect to be one of many. This is one of Germany's most popular tourist destinations!
- In my opinion the best way to reach Neuschwanstein Castle is by car. It's an easy two hour drive from Munich. Don't have wheels? You can also catch a train from Munich to nearby town Fussen and then a bus to the castle.