Secluded on the hill village of Schwangau Fussen town at an altitude of 800 meters above sea level, Schloss Neuschwanstein / Neuschwanstein Castle stands majestically surrounded by the Alps and the neighboring lakes Alp (Alpsee). This castle just like in a fairy tale. Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, the fairytale castle was finally opened to the public. In 1869 King Ludwig II of Bavaria to build Neuschwanstein actually intended to cover themselves from the public. Today 1.3 million people per year visit the hiding place of the King of Bavaria, even in the summer as many as 6,000 visitors thronged these places every day.
The beauty of Neuschwanstein Castle has seen since you set foot in the ticket booths. The Neuschwanstein Castle stands majestically in the distance on the hill. The beauty of the landscape surrounding the Romanesque-style castle building it always makes every visitor breathless. This white building surrounded by the Alps, which not only looks magnificent from the outside, but the interior is also very impressive. Neuschwanstein Castle is not designed to represent the royal family, but for a hiding place. This castle became the refuge of King Ludwig II in his dream world, a world of medieval poets. The walls of the castle decorated with mural paintings inspired by the work of Richard Wagner’s opera, King Ludwig II were a big fan of the composer Richard Wagner.
Neuschwanstein literally means ‘new swan castle’, referring to a character in one of Wagner’s opera Lohengrin the knight that goose. As in the castle in general, you can also find lots of chandeliers and gold-clad statue in Neuschwanstein, in addition, there is a garden surrounded by walls and artificial caves. Wrapped in a medieval Romanesque style, the castle can be fairly sophisticated. Castle is equipped with heating, all toilets on each floor own tools automatic flush, in the third and fourth floors there’s even a phone, and the waiters do not have to climb the stairs to deliver food because there are elevator. Until the sudden mysterious death of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein construction has not been completed fully. There are still plenty of rooms were unfinished and until now only 15 rooms were finished. Even so, do not detract from the beauty of the castle. It is unfortunate that visitors are not allowed to take photos inside the castle.
The easiest way to reach the Neuschwanstein Castle was by train with the aim of Fussen. From Fussen station continue by bus number 73 or number 78 and stop at the stop Hohenschwangau or Alpseestraβe. Near the bus stop, there is a ticket booth to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Ticket window is opened from 08:00 am – 17:00 pm in April – 15 October and 09:00 am -15:00 pm on 16 October to March. Ticket price of € 1.80 per person (children and adults), visitors are encouraged to make a ticket reservation before coming to Hohenschwangau. After buying a ticket, you can re-take the bus to the nearest bus stop of Neuschwanstein castle before it resumed again on foot. You can stay in hotels around Munich or hotels in Hohenschwangau if you want a closer, like Schlosshotel Liesl, Müller Hotel or Villa Jägerhaus.