living the fairytale - Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Monday, June 15, 2015

Once upon a time
in a land far far away
stood a white castle 
a knight in shining armour
and a princess of course...

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany


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.

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15 comments

  1. It is definitely on my list of places to see! A fairytale castle indeed!

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    1. Agree! I think Neuschwanstein Castle is most likely spectacular ins any season - I'd like to go back in winter one day.

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  2. I visited this when I was a kid - so impressive !

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    1. Wow - lucky you! Such a beautiful spot to take kids :)

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  3. Gosh, I'm so adding that beautiful castle to my list. It's gorgeous! What a great place to go.

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    1. Yes! It's a must for the travel list indeed :)

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  4. It may be the most photographed building in Germany - but I so wish I were there taking photographs of it myself!

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    1. You know what to do Holly....

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  5. WOW I never had the urge to travel to Germany until now (no lie) an absolutely marvellous castle!
    Alina from The Fairytale Pretty Picture

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    1. Really? Germany is one of my favourite countries in Europe. There are so many great things to see and experience, this castle included. Make sure you add Berlin to your travel wish list too!

      Thanks for stopping by Alina :)

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  6. It's an absolutely gorgeous castle isn't it? When I went a couple of winters ago, the viewing platform was closed so we didn't get these types of views like this beautiful photo but it was a gorgeous castle none the less, especially as it was snowing :)

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    1. Owwww snow... sounds magical.

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  7. Unfortunately the viewing platform was closed due to weather conditions when I went a couple of years ago so I couldn't get pics like this unfortunately but still, just lovely!

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