Neuschwanstein, a fairytale like castle built between 1869 and 1886 under King Ludwig II of Bavaria, known as the design idea where Disney originated from, and is one of the most famous sights of Germany.
Ever since we decided to go to Munich, I just pinned this place as one of the must visit spot. It is located about 2 hours away from Munich. In order to get to the castle, you need to take a train to Fussen, and then take a bus from Fussen to the castle ticket and visitors center. It is recommended to reserve your ticket for the castle tour before your visit. There will be a specific time assigned for your entry. You can book your tickets here: https://www.hohenschwangau.de/543.html
My original plan was to stay at Fussen a night before our visit. Take the bus to castle the very early morning the next day so we could have more time visit the castle and also tour the little town Fussen. However, there was some error happened when I tried to book the tickets while it was always shown booked up; plus, the museum was not open during Christmas holidays. We choose the one day tour from and back Munich hosted by a local agency named Radius ($45.99/ person.) This “tour” basically just in charge of taking you from Munich central train station to the castle visitor center and back to the city. The ticket to the castle is not included (€ 12/ person) and the lunch is not included either.
I was glad we bought this tour instead of figuring out the transportation by ourselves since the train schedule on December 23 was a disaster. We ended up changing a couple trains and got off at a different town instead of Fussen as usual due to lots of delays.
However, if you are visiting Neuschwanstein during normal days of the year, I would suggest to just reserve the tickets on you own and just find out the train schedules on your own.
Suggestions for people who want to visit there: one day tour is enough.
The castle is pretty but it got turned into very business-oriented, very crowded, and the village is very touristy. This is a “once in a lifetime” place that I would not want to revisit.
After I browsed through the town Fussen on our way home, I was glad we didn’t stay there for a night eventually. The town is full of hotels and restaurants. Pretty much all of the buildings I saw were hotels, which seemed to be a town existed for tourists.
Radius Day Tour from Munich Central Station
Price: $45.99/ person
- Transport on the 2-hour train journey from Munich to Füssen and back
- Fully-guided tour accompanied by an English-speaking guide
- Skip-the-line entrance to the castle
What’s Not Included:
- Hotel pick-up
- Optional EUR 12 castle entry fee for over 18 year olds, payable directly to the vendor on the morning of the tour
Meeting Point: Radius Tours office in Munich Central Train Station (Hauptbahnhof), located in the area just across from tracks 32-34. Please note that the time given is the departure time. Please be at the office approximately 15 minutes before the given departure time.