As the train pulled in to Füssen, near Hohenschwangau in southwestern Bavaria, we spied the castle of Disney dreams. The castle that actually inspired Walt Disney to create his Magic Kingdom and rumoured to be inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. A castle so magical that it is one of the most visited in the world. Every year over 1.6 million people visit Neuschwanstein Castle. The castle of fairytales.
This 19th century Romanesque revival castle was built by King Ludwig II on a hilltop overlooking the small village of Hohenschwangau, on the site of ruins of two much older castles, Vorderhohenschwangau and Hinterhohenschwangau. Surrounded by alpine foothills and two lakes, the location couldn’t be more stunning. Especially on this particular day. Sun full in the sky, no clouds in sight, snow still on the ground..you can be forgiven for your jaw dropping just a little!
We got our tickets from the village and set off on the 40 minute walk up to the castle.
We ambled up at a relaxed pace, enjoying views of the forest that surrounded the paths all sprinkled in snow.
We couldn’t have asked for anything better.
The natural beauty was setting the scene just perfectly for what was to come.
Despite it looking a little frosty we were so warm we needed to remove coats. Warm and snowy?? Win!
Just the surroundings were truly magical. I couldn’t wait to get to the top and see the castle.
Summit reached, a happy Stacy found ice cream to enjoy with the views.
Guests are broken into groups to go round Neuschwanstein with a tour guide.
Our allocated time arrived and we made our way into the castle.
The tour was over much faster than we had anticipated and there is a strict policy of no photography inside the castle. Rubbish! So no photos of the stunning rooms we got to view.
There were only a handful of rooms open to public viewing, which the guide talks you through..
..which was great. You get given plenty of information about the rooms, the history, the work that went into them etc..
Once this information is given to you, it’s quickly onto the next room. There was no time to linger and look at the rooms in any detail, which was such a shame as some of the work is so beautifully ornate and intricate you could take it in for hours! And with the lack of photography…we left feeling like we had just come off a conveyor belt. We were left greedy for more. We only got a fleeting glimpse.
I completely understand that there are a lot of people they need to get through the doors each day, but it would have been nice to be able to linger a little and take it all in.
One place you could stop and marvel at however, was the kitchen! The best room of any house, home or castle.
This particular one shone in all its coppery glory.
It was fantastic. Left as was, fully kitted out, you could see what it would have been like when it was a working kitchen. Sorry, I’m a kitchen loving geek!!
There is no doubting that this is one of the most magical places you could visit. If you’re headed to Germany, make sure to add this place onto the list and get a sprinkling of magic dust for yourself!