Neuschwanstein Castle

Today I visited Neuschwanstein Castle, which has been on my bucket list for years! I was not disappointed by this extraordinary piece of architecture.

I was dropped at a train station to catch a train that would get me to Neuschwanstein Castle before midday.

The weather was quite foggy on the drive to the station, but as the train sped along the fog soon lifted to reveal a beautiful day.  As the train neared the town of Füssen, I had an incredible view of the Bavarian Alps. The photos of this view don’t really do it justice. I caught a shuttle bus from Füssen to Hohenschwangau and then walked forty minutes to reach the castle entrance and ticket booth.

In order to see the inside of the castle, a guided tour must be taken. I appreciated the opportunity to get inside the castle, but the tour was pointless; there were about forty people in each tour group and we were very quickly pushed through the castle like cattle. All the same, as there is no other way to see the castle, the opportunity should be appreciated.

After the tour I descended hundreds of stairs and walked about 15 minutes to Marienbrücke, a bridge which provides the best photo opportunities of Neuschwanstein. 

I had a bite to eat in the open restaurants I caught the bus/train back and was met by Mrs V and Miss R.

The Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) is built 90 metres above the Pöllat Gorge, located in the municipality of Schwangau, near Füssen,Bavaria, Germany. It is named after Marie of Prussia, Queen of Bavaria and wife of King Maximilian II and mother of King Ludwig II. [Wikipedia]

General information about Neuschwanstein Castle [Wikipedia]

Architectural style: Romanesque Revival

Location : Hohenschwangau, Germany

Construction started : 5 September 1869

Completed: c. 1892 (unfinished)

Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.

The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Nearby town where I caught the train

Scenery

I really can’t get enough of the beautiful landscape!

First sighting of the castle

Restaurant/cafe where I later ate some dinner

View of Marienbrücke from inside the castle

Kitchen

So high up!

First flower of Spring!

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