Day trip to Neuschswanstein castle takes a day itself as the train journey alone was around 2 hours and still need to be followed by bus. We purchased Bayern ticket for 24 hours at the ticket machine inside the train station. These ticket would be cheaper if bought by 5 people as the additional people would only need to pay 6 Eur. More info on Bayern ticket here.
How to get to Neuschswanstein Castle:
We took the train from Munich to Fusen at 09.55am because Bayern ticket can only be used on weekdays after 9am. From Fusen we took the bus number 78 which is also covered by the ticket.
Because November is not a peak season we didn’t buy the the entrance ticket for the castle online.We thought we just buy on the spot when we get there. If you are traveling in peak season it is advisable to purchase the ticket online because they limit the number of people and the is a time slot for the tour inside the castle. If you buy online ticket, you have to redeem the ticket at the booth 90 minutes before the tour starts.
Bus from Fusen stopped in Schwangau village where the ticket center is located. After purchasing the tour we stopped by at the lake to take pictures. We could see the yellow Hohenswangau Castle from the distance.
Lake in Schwangau Village
There are 3 ways to get to neuschswanstein castle from the ticket center in Schwangau village:
1. Walk uphill for 30-40 minutes
2. Take the bus 3eur two way.
3. take the horse carriage 6eur uphill and 3eur downhill
We chose the bus as we didn’t want to wait for the horse. From the bus stop to the castle we still had to walk downhill for another 10 minutes downhill. This meant when we went back it would be a walk uphill lol. If you really want to avoid the walking uphill the best rute is take the bus to the castle and return back with a horse carriage.
The best angle to take picture of Neuschswanstein Castle was actually from Marienbruck bridge, not far from the bus stop. Unfortunately the bridge was closed for renovation when we went there.
You could see Hohenschwangau castle from the distance taken as we walked to Neuschswanstein castle
About Neuschswanstein Castle
Neuschswanstein Castle looked exactly like storybook illustrations of your favorite fairy castle with its towers, turrets, frescoes, and throne hall.
As we took the tour inside the castle we learned that the story behind this beautiful castle is less idyllic. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the cliffside castle in 1868, just two years after Austria and Bavaria were conquered by Prussia during the Austro-Prussian War (sometimes called the Seven Weeks’ War), effectively stripping Ludwig II of his powers. He quickly retreated into a private fantasy world, surrounding himself with opulent castles where he could live out his dreams of being a true, sovereign king. Ludwig II never got to see the final Neuschswanstein. He died in 1886 while the final towers weren’t completed until 1892. But within weeks of his sudden and mysterious death, the magnificent castle was opened to the public, where it quickly became one of the region’s most visited attractions.
The tour took 20 minutes. Be prepared to walk up and down along the stairs and left the stroller outside.
Today, more than 1.5 million visitors come to see Germany’s fairy tale castles, making it one of the most visited castles in the world.
We didn’t have time to explore Schwangau Village as as only went for a day trip and the day was not long during autumn. The Bus time table from Schwangau to Fusen is adjusted with the train timetable. There are direct Train from Fusen to Munich but depending on the time some of the trains are not direct. We didn’t realize that our train back to Munich was not a direct train. We were confused when the train stopped at some random station and everybody was coming out. Luckily we asked around and found out that we had to change our train 😅.
We arrived back in Munich around 8pm and we head straight to nearby Vietnamese Restaurant for dinner. This was our last night in Munich. Tomorrow Sari’s flight would be in the afternoon while my flight would be in the evening.