If you are planning to spend your holidays in Bavaria (Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle) there are several tips that you ought to know before making your plans. This castle is one of Germany’s biggest tourist attraction sites. Making a visit to the castle is a dream-come-true experience and therefore one should plan well for their holidays.
If you are an independent traveler, there are several queries that you might have about the place like how to get there, where to stay, whether to join a tour or go alone etc. On the day you visit the Neuschwanstein Castle, you should take your time in order to fully enjoy your visit. You should take time and walk around the castle either before or after taking the inside tour. As you take your walk, you will get a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful landscape and stunning views of the castle. You will also get an opportunity to take photographs of the castle as taking photographs or video recording is prohibited while inside the castle. You can walk up to Marienbrucke in order to get the best photo opportunities as well as the most stunning views of the castle.
In order to avoid the huge crowds of people who visit the castle every year with numbers going up to 6,000 people during summer days when the castle is busy. You should avoid the months of July, August and September as they are the busiest months with visitors. It is important to note the opening and closing hours of the castle before making your trip there. It is opened daily except on the eve of Christmas, Christmas day, New Year’s Eve and New Years day. Tickets are sold between 8am to 5pm between the months of April to September and between 9am to 3pm as from October to March. Take note that there are castle concerts in September and during this period the ticket centre closes 30 minutes prior to normal closing time.
Tours inside the castle are conducted only by guides who are the castle staff and take between 30 to 35 minutes. These guided tours are held in English and German and there are audio guides for other languages. You should be ready for the tour as one has to climb 165 steps upwards and take 180 steps down stairs as the Palace building is 5 floors high. The tour tickets are available at the ticket centre based in Hohenschwangau or on their website online which attracts a small fee for reservation. It is important to be there on time as the ticket is only valid for the tour stated on it, the tour number and the exact time of the tour. A regular ticket for Neuschwanstein goes for 12 Euros.
From Munich there are some guided tours if you don’t have your own vehicle and don’t wish to use a train to the castle. It is advantageous to take these tours as the tour guide takes care of your entrance tickets. The guided tour will also offer you an opportunity to see other castles like the Linderhof Castle on your way. You can also have an overnight tour of the castles as there are elegant hotels around the area that you can spend the night in during your tour. If you will follow all the above tips on your trip, then you will have the best holidays in Bavaria (Visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle).