Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
This 19th Century palace was built and commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat and honor for Composer Richard Wagner. The palace was funded by King Ludwig II personally and he borrowed money to help fund the endeavor. Construction began in 1869 but was never fully completed.
After the king’s death in 1886 the palace was opened to public. Since its opening, over 60 million visitors have visited the palace and its grounds.
The design of the palace was heavily influenced by the King.
The Castle was also a refuge for the shy king who wanted a place away from all his visitors.
Due to its seclusion the palace was spared from destruction or damage. During World War 2, Nazi Government stored the stolen art treasures in this location. When the Allies took over the palace they were able to catalogue and return the artifacts to the rightful owners.
Fun Facts: The Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Had the construction of the castle been completed; there would have been 200 interior rooms. However, only 15 rooms were fully completed.
Traveling to the Palace
From Munich it will take roughly 1.5 hours to get to there. If you have your own transportation, you can park at parking lot P1 or P4. There are also private parking lots you can utilize. From there, it will take about 40 minutes to hike up to the castle, or you can take the shuttle or a horse drawn carriage.
Public transport will likely take you about 3 hours to get to the Palace. And if you join a tour group, they will handle all the transportation needs.
You can purchase tickets for the castle through their official site here:
Small Group Tour:
You can also book a small group tour with skip-the-line package here:
Before you visit please note:
No photographing or filming is allowed in the castle. Photo and film shootings are basically subject to approval and charges.