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This story has been previously written for Trivago Community by me under yankin. However, community platform has been closed in May 2017. I would like my previous stories to be visible someplace else, like here! So here we go!


The castle Neuschwanstein is an impressive spectacle. However, it is disappointing, that the guided tours are so short!


SHORT HISTORY

Bavarian King Ludwig II spent his youth in the Hohenschwangau castle, which was surrounded by fir forest and a lake. The scenery had an influence on the King to build the Neuschwanstein castle, which took place between 1869 and 1886.

Obsessed with the idea of the ideal castle, Ludwig II was spending a lot of money on the construction. His mother was not satisfied with his actions and the Parliament was trying everything possible to reduce the cost. As a result, the King was declared insane by a special state commission.

But the most interesting in this story was the death of the King Ludwig II. Just three days after proclaiming him to be mad! His body was found together with his doctor's (who has given the diagnose) in the lake Starnberger. The mystery of his death was never disclosed. However, there are many stories and legends about it. Today, one can find a wooden cross in memory of the King Ludwig II on the shore of the lake.

YOUR WAY UP

The castle stands on the hill in about 20-40 minutes walk from the ticket office depending on a route - short and steep or long and pleasant. One could also get a horse carriage for a fee and arrive in style.

Once you are at the top, you are free to use public toilets and get some rest on the platform by the castle. It opens a wonderful view onto the mountains and part of Neuschwanstein castle.

Following the path further up will eventually bring you to the gates. Go through and wait for your ticket number to be lit. Meantime, you are free to walk around and take pictures.

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INSIDE THE CASTLE

THRONE HALL is the room you get to see first! It wasn't finished, but still impressive. Wall paintings equating the saints, the Jesus and 6 kings. The floor has a mosaic finish. Above our guided group there was a precious chandelier in the form of a Byzantine crown of gilded copper. It was intended for 96 candles!!! This room is gorgeous, but you can't really walk around due to some restrictions.

DINING ROOM is a mix of paintings and oak. In the middle of the room, there is a figure on the dining table. It depicts the battle of Siegfried with the dragon and is made of gilt bronze. The food used to be transported to the room in an elevator from the kitchen.

BEDROOM is the most impressive room in the whole castle! (Okay, my personal opinion!) The wall paintings are mainly devoted to the history of Tristan and Isolde. The whole room is a mix of deep brown and soft blue colours in the neo-gothic style. Many pieces, as well as the bed, are made of oak. 14 woodcarvers (!!!) were working on this room for many years.

The bedroom adjoins a small CHAPEL. It is devoted to the Louis IX of France. And just as the bedroom, it is carried out in the neo-gothic style.

DRESSING ROOM impresses with the ceiling. It is painted so, that you would feel the sky above you - very beautiful. It gives this room some sort of simplicity and freedom. Another element of the room is the most beautiful door trim on the door that leads to the living room.

The attention in the LIVING ROOM attracts the big white swan (a container for plants or flowers) and the small room, separated by columns. The saga of Lohengrin is the theme of the wall paintings. The swan motives are further seen in the curtains and coverings. The soft blue colour is adding the appearance of the room some freshness. And the chandelier finishes the look.

One level higher is the SINGERS' HALL. It occupies the most of the 4th floor. Once inside, you feel the whole mighty of the hall. However, it is a combination of the Festival Hall and the Singers' Hall. Wall paintings are telling the saga of Parzival and the Holy Grail. The ceiling adorns 3 gorgeous chandeliers and there are plenty of candlesticks around.

On the way out our group passed the KITCHEN, which looked spacious and empty.

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SOME USEFUL INFO

Guided tours are available in English and German. It is possible to get the Audio-guided tours as well. ( In my opinion, if you do understand German, it is the best choice) Tours are about 25-40 minutes long.

During the busy periods, I've got an impression, that they are trying to make the tour shorter, to get in as many groups as they can. Groups are also big and when you are in a small room, like "Bedroom" it is impossible to move around and see much.

The ticket for the Neuschwanstein castle can be purchased as the combo-ticket for both castles (Hohenschwangau castle), which is cheaper than buying separately.

The queues to the ticket office are getting exponentially bigger by the hour and could be a sight on its own in the afternoon!

There are plenty of restaurants, cafes and kiosks to get you through the day. Kiosks are full of souvenirs - very difficult to resist.

It was forbidden to take pictures inside the castle, but they have got plenty of cards for sale with the interiors of each room. Downside - gets expensive if you like to purchase many!

We arrived by car. The parking space was a decent size, but expensive (we paid € 6)! There are bus routes from the nearest town as well, but I will leave it to you to plan the route!


References:

  1. Neuschwanstein
  2. The death of King Ludwig II

Time of visit - August 2009 as part of the European tour by car.

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