Explore with us the breathtaking Neuschwanstein castle, which was the model for Walt Disney and the Hohenschwangau Castle. Together with you, we go back to the time of King Ludwig II. and discover his enchanting buildings around Füssen.
King Ludwig the second, once also called fairy-tale king, was born in 1845 at Nymphenburg Castle. As a visionary and passionate castle builder, the king will always be remembered. He commissioned the construction of incredible castles, such as Neuschwanstein Castle, Herrenchiemsee Castle and Linderhof Castle, which attract thousands of people to our beautiful Bavaria every day. With our tours Neuschwanstein tickets and Hohenschwangau + Neuschwanstein tickets you get closer to the king than ever before.
King Ludwig II, the eldest son of Crown Prince Maximilian, was born on 25.08.2018 in Nymphenburg Castle. Already with 18 years, on 10 March 1864, when his father Maximilian died of a normal illness, Ludwig was appointed king of Bavaria.
As a big fan of Richard Wagner he supported the composer financially and was partly responsible for the financing of the music drama "Der Ring des Nibelungen". King Ludwig was very interested in art, music and was also very committed to the promotion of culture. King Ludwig even had complete Wagner victims performed without an audience. He also supported and financed the Richard-Wagner Festspielhaus.
King Ludwig the Second was a very peaceful man and wanted to keep out of the German War of 1866 between Austria and Prussia and behave neutrally. However, Austria insisted on the observance of previously concluded contracts and thus Bavaria was forced to fight on the Austrian side against Prussia. From childhood the king was not militarily minded and let his ministers take the decisions of war policy. At that time he himself went to Switzerland to meet Richard Wagner.
In 1868 the king described in a letter to Richard Wagner his ideas for the construction of a new castle Hohenschwangau, today Neuschwanstein Castle. The king was inspired by his travels to paris, Versailles and the Wartburg Castle in Eisenach, which later became the model for Neuschwanstein Castle.
On 8 June 1886, King Ludwig the Second was declared mentally disturbed and curable in an expert opinion and on the basis of testimony and without a personal examination. His doctor, who stood by his side all these years, was not heard. At this time the king was absolutely accountable what his last official actions prove. On 9 June 1886 Ludwig was incapacitated from his office.
On 12 June our king was brought at 4 o'clock in the morning by a commission to castle Berg, at the Starnberger lake. After a walk in the castle park with his former doctor of Gudden, the former king never returned. The king's body was found floating in the water a short time later.
Neuschwanstein Castle stands above the small village of Hohenschwangau. The construction of Neuschwanstein Castle was commissioned in 1869 by the then ruling King of Bavaria, King Ludwig the Second. Even before its completion, the king died and the castle, which was originally to be called the "new Hohenschwangau Castle", was renamed Neuschwanstein in 1886.
Neuschwanstein is the most famous castle of King Ludwig II and one of the most famous sights of Germany, which attracts about 1.5 million people annually.
The "Ludwigs castles":
are on the list of the world cultural heritage of the UNESCO to be registered.
With the beginning of the construction of the fairytale castle Neuschwanstein the wishes and demands of the king grew anyway the expenditures, drafts and cost estimates, which had to be revised several times. The plans for Neuschwanstein Castle had to be changed several times and the original completion for 1872 was postponed several times.
However, Neuschwanstein Castle, which was dedicated to the works and life of Richard Wagner, was unfortunately not entered by him.
King Ludwig was very concerned that the costs for the building did not burden the Bavarian people and paid his building projects even from his own private property and his income as a monarch.
When the king died in 1886, Neuschwanstein castle was still not completed. The king never wanted to make his castle accessible to the public, but only 2 months after his death the castle was opened to the public and visitors could visit the castle for 2 marks. With the income of the visitors at that time a part of the credits was repaid. First the visitors were allowed to move freely in the castle Neuschwanstein, which unfortunately resulted in the furniture wearing out very fast. Already in 1886 a first castle guide appeared.
The remote Neuschwanstein Castle survived the two world wars without being destroyed. The Nazis used the castle more as a storage area for art objects stolen from France during the Second World War. These objects were photographed and catalogued in Neuschwanstein Castle and 39 photo albums were found after the end of the war to document the extent of the robbery. At the end of the Second World War, gold treasures were stored in Neuschwanstein Castle, which in the last days of the war were taken to a place that is still unknown today.
With our Neuschwanstein tickets tour you explore the castle Neuschwanstein and see how the king once lived.
The castle Hohenschwangau, the yellow castle or as it was formerly called "Castrum swangowe" is located in the district Hohenschwangau and is exactly opposite the castle Neuschwanstein.
When King Maximilan II ascended the throne in 1848, Neuschwanstein Castle served the family as their summer residence and was the nursery of their two sons Ludwig II and Otto. The later King Ludwig II, who was responsible for the construction of Neuschwanstein Castle, spent his youth here. Together with his brother and his mother Marie of Bavaria he often undertook mountain hikes around Hohenschwangau.
Even after the death of his father and during the construction of his own castle Neuschwanstein, King Ludwig II spent a lot of time in Hohenschwangau Castle from 1869-1884. In Hohenschwangau Castle, however, it remained as it was, that the only thing he had rebuilt in this castle was his own room. In 1864 he had a group of rocks built over which a waterfall flowed, as well as an apparatus for creating an artificial rainbow and a night sky with moon and stars. After the death of her son, however, the mother had the room rebuilt to its original state.
The Bavarian Administration of State Palaces, Gardens and Lakes is constantly working to preserve Neuschwanstein Castle in all its splendour. The castle Neuschwanstein is very busy due to the high rush of daily visitors. For this reason, restoration work and restoration investigations are currently taking place at Neuschwanstein Castle. Nevertheless, with the Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein tickets, all rooms are accessible to visitors.
Half of the Singers' Hall is currently scaffolded. A part of the scaffolding is provided with a semi-transparent, printed screen, so that one can get an impression of the wall surface in spite of ongoing restoration work, how it should look later without scaffolding.
The Marien Bridge in Winter
Please note that the Marienbrücke bridge, which is located behind Neuschwanstein Castle, must be closed during the winter months, depending on weather conditions. You are welcome to contact us and we will be happy to inform you whether the bridge is closed or not. Access with the Neuschwanstein tickets and the guided tours are not affected.
Renovation work on the gate construction
Due to current renovation work, areas of the east facade of the gate building and the south tower of the Neuschwanstein Castle gate building are still covered by scaffolding until mid-2019. At the same time, the retaining wall of the Neuschwansteinstraße in the area below the square tower up to the gate building is being renovated and is therefore scaffolded. The access with the Neuschwanstein tickets and the guided tours are not affected by this.
Directions + Parking Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Hohenschwangau, a small village near Schwangau and Füssen. Parking near the castle is not allowed and you have to park in the centre of Hohenschwangau (parking lot P1 to P4). You can enter the Alpstraße in your Navigation. Beside the tours Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein tickets, we will also be glad, to answer all your questions you might have.
The parking fee is 6€ per day for a car, 8,5€ per day for a camper or caravan and 2€ per day for a motorcycle.
Depending on the weather, there are three ways to get to Neuschwanstein Castle from the car parks. Of course our guide will accompany you, but we still want to give you this information.
1. By walking, in this case a path of about 1,5 km must be walked slightly uphill. The duration is about 30-40 minutes.
2. With the horse-drawn carriage, a ride with the horse-drawn carriage costs 7.50 euros per person uphill and 3.50 euros downhill. However, there is still a 5-10 minute walk to the castle.
3. By bus, the bus ride costs uphill 2.50 euros and downhill 1.50 euros. The buses are not available all year round, depending on the weather. Please note that you still have to walk 15 minutes from the bus stop to the castle.
Neuschwanstein castle and Hohenschwangau castle can only be visited as part of a guided tour with tickets.
German and English-speaking visitors can buy guided Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein tickets, so the staff of the Bavarian Palace Administration will guide them through the castles. For all other visitors, accompanied audio guide tour tickets for Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau in Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovenian, Russian, Polish, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, Hungarian, Greek, Dutch, Korean, Thai, Arabic and Hebrew are offered.
All guided tours through the Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein castle lasts about 30-40 Minutes.
With thousands of tourists per day, it is important that you prepare your visit to the castle well. Neuschwanstein tickets are limited and available in the following ways:
Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein ticket Prices:
More informations: https://www.hohenschwangau.de/
Besides the guided tours to the castles we also offer bike tours. One of our most popular bicycle tours is the Neuschwanstein castle + Lechfall + 3 lakes tour, which combines a guided tour of the beautiful Neuschwanstein castle and a bike tour to the Lechfall, a waterfall in the River Lech, and to the most beautiful lakes in the area.
In the future we will also offer hikes to Neuschwanstein Castle, which will be online from May-June. Be excited about what we will prepare for you.