Before you continue to read further on this blog, we did not get a ticket to enter the castle. For years we wanted to see this castle with our own eyes. So earlier last month when we decided to drive to Austria, we thought of picking half a day out for visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. To be honest, you do not need to spend a dime for enjoying the outside of the castle at all. We were a bit lazy/ in a rush so paid for a few things. At the end, glad we did it: but definitely not the prettiest or most impressive castle we ever visited :-). Got to be honest!
The easiest way to get to the castle is by car. If you are up for a walk, you can even find a free parking spot. We parked right near the bottom of the the castle, there it depends on which parking you take you have to pay € 7,- or €8,- (prices June 2020).
We ate at one of the local restaurants (bit more pricey I must say than you are used to, but of course it is a tourist attraction) and already had a pretty cool view looking up to the castle.
After we had a bite to eat, we searched for the options to get up. There are basically three ways: a bus for € 1,50 per person one way, a ride on a horse carriagefor € 7,- per person one way or walk up for about 30 to 40 minutes up for free. We went up with the horse carriage, and down with the bus in our case.
After a 10 to 15 minutes carriage ride we had to walk another 10 minutes up to get to the castle entrance. There is a restaurant on top if needed. If you walk to your left at entering, there is a very nice viewing point towards the castle’s gate entrance. Here you can get a very nice shot! Also walk to the sight of the view you see from the castle. Quite nice and green!
A few minutes walk towards the gate and you are gasping towards the sky to admire the cool towers and huge walls. This is also the place you have to go to if you are planning a visit of the inside of the castle.
After that, the thing is to walk another 15 to 20 minutes to go to the viewing point Marienbrücke. We walked towards there but once on top there was a ridiculous Que to make a picture. Decided it is not worth it to wait half an hour to even an hour for a picture, whereas we already saw some cool views from the walk towards there. Also you get a very amazing view on Hohenschwangau Castle and the small ‘village’ at the bottom of the hill.
All in all a nice trip to see the two castles and the touristic village, right at the end of the Alps. The area is beautiful and great if you are into nature and hiking. Worth going there, but the castle it self looked a bit too ‘modern’ for our taste compared to some ancient castles we visited in the past :-).
Last pictures is the view we got from the free parking spot a bit further away. Worth the stop!