Neuschwanstein Castle

(photo credit Thomas Wolf)

If it is romantic fairytale castles that will get the attention of the kids, you have come to the right place...

On of the top attractions in Bavaria is the spectacular Neuschwanstein Castle, which along with the neighbouring Hohenschwangau Castle, offers a unique insight into the extravagance and dreamy world of Bavaria's most famous King, Ludwig II.

Having grown up at Hohenschwangau, Ludwig dreamed of another castle a short hike away, on a spot where he liked the view. The castle was apparently built as a homage to Richard Wagner, a close friend of the king, and its fairytale exterior is matched by its ostentatious interior, as the king personally oversaw all details of its construction. Take a video tour here, and you will then understand why more than 1.3 million people visit each year. Tourists started visiting just weeks after the king drowned in a nearby lake, just months after he had moved in. Having recently been declared unfit to rule, it has never been established if the death was suicide or something more suspicious. 

Visits inside are only possible on an organised tour, and tickets an only be bought on the day in the ticket office in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle. You are advised to get here early to avoid the worst of the crowds, especially in summer. Tickets include tours which leave at a specific time, so you need to be punctual. Tours sometimes sell out in the peak season, so you are advised to book in advance which you can do online here.

Tickets on sale at the Ticketcenter
April to 15 October: 8 am-5 pm
16 October to March: 9 am-3 pm

Opening hours of Neuschwanstein Castle
28 March to 15 October: 9 am-6 pm | 16 October to 27 March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily except 1 January and 24 / 25 / 31 December

Entry prices:

12 euros regular / 11 euros reduced
Children and young people under 18 are free.
Königsticket (King's ticket) for both Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle on the same day: 23 euros regular / 21 euros reduced
Kombiticket "Königsschlösser"
(combination ticket King Ludwig II's palaces): 24 euros
The combination ticket is valid for six months; you can visit each of the palaces Linderhof, Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein once.


Ticket-Center Hohenschwangau
Alpseestrasse 12
D-87645 Hohenschwangau
Telephone +49(0) 83 62 - 9 30 83-0
Fax +49(0) 83 62 - 9 30 83-20
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You may prefer to take an organised tour from Munich, of which there are plenty.

If you want to get to Neuschwanstein by public transport, here is how to do it.

Paul Bradbury

After 12 years living on the most gorgeous island in the world, Hvar in Dalmatia, I have begun to wonder if there is still life beyond its shores. Prior to discovering Paradise in 2002, I was a world traveller, living and working in Japan, Georgia, Somalia, Rwanda, Russia... and Munich.

After 95 countries and some 25 years have passed, the memories of my year in the hotel industry in the Bavarian capital (fired by the Sheraton for losing our pet snake, the first male chambermaid at Hotel Arabella, and a truly eye-watering introduction to five-star living in  my days as a bellboy in luxury Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten) are strong, and the call of Munich has been a constant theme over the last quarter century. 

And so here I am, answering the call some 25 years later. Twelve years of island living have changed me for sure, but also left me curious about life in a big city, and whether or not I could adapt to it after such an insular decade. 

I was surprised to see that for such a magnificent multi-cultural city, English-language blogs and regularly updated information are not that available. Static tourism information, such as that provided by the excellent tourist board website yes, but accounts of daily life delivered daily? Hard to find.

And so I have decided to take a break from my idyllic island and see if I could live in a city again. And what better way to try than to discover modern Munich in all its facets after so many years. It is a journey of discovery which I am relishing, and I hope the site proves to be of interest for Munich residents and its numerous visitors.

About Paul Bradbury

Author of Lebanese Nuns Don't Ski, Lavender, Dormice and a Donkey Named Mercedes and Hvar's first comprehensive guidebook, Hvar: An Insider's Guide to Croatia's Premier Island, as well as co-author of Split: An Insider's Guide with Mila Hvilshoj, I have lived in Dalmatia full time since 2003. In addition to running Total Munich, I also run Total Split (, Total Hvar ( and Total Inland Dalmatia (, as well as being an accredited Google News journalist for Digital Journal in Canada.

I also have various blogging clients, including the Central Dalmatia Tourist Board, European Coastal Airlines, Touristar TV and Andro Tomic Wines, and print clients include Qatar Airways inflight magazine, Out! magazine from New York, and Croatian Hotspots. 

In December 2014 I was delighted to receive the Marko Polo 2014 Award from FIJET Croatia (Federation of International Travel Writers and Journalists)  at a ceremony for the Croatian Journalists Society for the best international tourism promotion of Croatia. More here.

Ongoing writing projects:

A History of Hajduk Split, co-author with Frane Grgurevic - in 2015

Around the World in 80 Disasters - out in 2015

Total Hvar in the Media:

Interview of the Month, Croatian Embassy in Washington (May 2013)

Special Feature in Globus Magazine (May 2013)

Featured on Croatian TV show, More (2012) - watch the report here

Interviews in Slobodna Dalmacija, Dalmacijanews, Radio Split

I am available for writing services. Please contact me on [email protected] or visit my main writing website, 

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