While staying in Munich, Germany for a few days on our amazing, cram-as-many-cities-in-as-you-can Europe trip, we decided to take a day trip to southwest Bavaria to see Neuschwanstein Castle.
Our train ride wasn’t too long, maybe around two or three hours, but the view was breathtaking and made every moment worth the trip! When you arrive at the train station, you’ll see that you’re kiiiinda in the middle of nowhere. BUT, you’ll hop straight on a bus that will take you to the main area/street that all the lovely castles are on.
Everyone mainly focuses on Neuschwanstein (understandably), but there is actually another castle called Hohenschwangau that you can tour on the same day. Sadly we didn’t get to tour this one, but if you’re on the fence, I definitely think it would be worth a visit!
Although the website is a little confusing, I would recommend buying your tickets to the castle in advance. We bought our tickets when we arrived, so we had to wait a few hours until our tour began. Luckily, Bavaria is a very beautiful area; of course it is best known for the castles, but there is a lot that we got to see while waiting for our tour. Wandering around the street in the Schwangau village for a few hours led us to a beautiful lake where some people were even swimming and canoeing!
What I loved about this little corner of Bavaria the most was that it was very traditional and festive. We found this one store that had a million and one antique Christmas decorations.. In the middle of July! It was definitely not something you would find just anywhere..
And now, the hike to Neuschwanstein begins!
The hike was all uphill and it took about 30 min – we were all sore and out of breath when we reached the top! In our defense, it was very hot and humid, since we came in the middle of July. We also had a longer journey because we decided to go on the scenic path to the bridge, as did most people. We opted for saving money and getting in a workout, but there is a bus option for a small fee. This bridge was small, narrow, very high off the ground, and packed with tourists (including ourselves)! It didn’t seem too stable – we tried to get on and get off as quick as we could! But, as terrifying as it was, I would 100% recommend going to the bridge because the view of the castle from this area was breathtaking and a one-of-a-kind experience.
This castle must be one of the most beautiful things in the world, and I’m sure most people would agree. Although it is so photogenic, I reminded myself to take a moment to look at it with my eyes alone and admire how amazing it is. It’s hard to put the camera down when you are standing before something so wonderful; you just want to be able to look at it for the rest of your life, over and over again. You can definitely see how a King would appreciate his view of the endless German landscape.
The view from the top of the castle wasn’t too bad, either!
We then took a tour of the castle, which was about 30 minutes long. It was really interesting to learn about the Bavarian King who built it and the whole historical background of the castle. If you’re into history, this is right up your alley!
Once we finished the tour, we returned to the bus and headed back to the train station, to head back to Munich. It was like a journey to get here, but worth every second.
If you’re planning a trip to Germany in the next few months, I wouldn’t pass up Neuschwanstein Castle (I’ve heard it gets even more beautiful in the winter..)! Plus, you’ll learn how to spell a pretty impressive word, what can I say.