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1. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

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Has anyone ever been at the Neuschwanstein? I am planning a trip to this fairy tale castle and I want to know what to expect.

2. Posted by Petra M (Budding Member 65 posts) 9y

Yes, I have been to Neuschwanstein in Bavaria over 5 years ago. It's right by the small town of Fussen and, we had taken a train there from Salzburg. It is a truly impressive looking castle, very majestic. But also very commercialized. You can either walk up the hill to the castle, or get a ride up (horse drawn carriages). Did you know that less than half of the rooms in the castle are complete? Poor King Ludwig died too young and no one has ever come forward to finish it. The tour inside the castle is about half an hour led by a tourguide in small groups, you can't wander about on your own unfortunately, looked at about 10 amazing rooms, and then ended up at a large tourist shop. While you are there also walk over the Marienbrucke bridge (best place to take a photo of the castle) and visit Ludwig's second castle the Hohenschwangau (you can get a combined entrance ticket). The local woods have some great walking paths and hiking trails. The town of Fussen's main economy is the tourist industry so the locals are very friendly, lots of great restaurants, cafes, hotels and pensions. I hope you have great weather (since its the alps it can rain a lot) and that you truly appreciate the beauty of that castle and surrounding area.

Here is a great website that will answer all your questions:


Petra M, Vancouver

3. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Thank you very much. It was really helpful.

4. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Ah! By the way, is it allowed to take pictures inside the castle?

5. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Audry

I have been there.
It is truely spectacular.


6. Posted by KoalaGirl (Travel Guru 307 posts) 9y

Loved it! Loved it! Loved it! You might want to check out the thread on castles....

7. Posted by dpatton (Budding Member 24 posts) 9y

I will be there in a couple weeks and when I asked about taking photos inside the castle they advised me that it is not allowed (I figure it forces you to purchase their photos), there appear to be some amazing areas around the castle however to get photos form.

8. Posted by guiny (Respected Member 143 posts) 9y

Thank you for the information. If you can, let us know how you liked the castle.

9. Posted by mdavey (Budding Member 7 posts) 9y

hi Audry

rules about cameras in public buildings is very dependant on the situation. Even though Germans love rules and the rules say often say "no" I've found that asking the curator and promising to be discrete (no flash) works wonders

one trick I use inside museums is to put the camera on a window ledge or table with the smallest apperture setting, widest angle and no flash. It takes a number of seconds to take the photo but (a) nobody realises what I'm doing (b) I capture the entire scene, and (c) anybody walking in front disappears by magic