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The Neuschwanstein Castle is breathtakingly beautiful year round and is a treat to visit be it spring or winter. Here’s a quick run through of what you can expect at the Neuschwanstein Castle during each season of the year.
The foliage around the castle turns vivid with fall colors of yellow, orange and red. The temperature averages around 12°C and the skies are clear, making for great backdrop for photographs.
Funnily enough, Germany experiences a good amount of rainfall during summers. So, expect the castle to be enveloped with rain and fog many days of the summer and the temperatures averaging around 15°C. You should be prepared with rain gear.
You will still encounter snow but in April you will start seeing the thawing of snow and the first signs of greenery. The temperature averages about 8°C during spring, so carry a shawl and pack a picnic as it’s just the right weather for it.
The castle turns into a winter wonderland and the entire scenery turns white with snow almost every day. The temperature averages about minus 1°C throughout the winter. If you can brave the German chills, visiting the Neuschwanstein Castle in winter is an experience of a lifetime.
In summary, the best season to visit the Neuschwanstein castle is in the months of July to September between Summer and Fall as it offers great weather, ideal for both walking and photography.
Also, the best time of the day to visit the Neuschwanstein castle is either early in the morning as soon as the gates open or later in the day after 3 PM. After 3PM a lot of those who are on a day trip retire back to their place of origin, hence thinning the crowds and making it an ideal time to visit.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is located 120 KM from Munich and it takes about 1 hour 45 minutes to travel by road. Getting to the Neuschwanstein Castle is not exactly a direct journey, no matter what mode of transport you use. In a nutshell, it can be described as : Munich - Hohenschwangau Village - Neuschwanstein Castle
The nearest railhead is Füssen from where you can take a bus to the Neuschwanstein Castle stop at Hohenschwangau Village. You have direct trains from Munich, but the buses from Füssen to Hohenschwangau Village tend to be jam packed, so if you’re traveling with kids, this route is not advisable.
Regular buses start from Munich Central Bus Station and you can get down at the Neuschwanstein Castle Stop at Hohenschwangau Village. This takes almost 2.5 hours and public buses make stops along the way for other passengers.
The road from Munich to Hohenschwangau Village is pretty direct via the A7. Once you get there, you can park your car at the public parking lot for 6 EUR a day
This option will save you time your onward and return journey is taken care off at one go. The coaches are air-conditioned with Wi-Fi and snacks on board for a comfortable drive. However, note that even coaches are not allowed all the way to Neuschwanstein Castle and will halt at the Hohenschwangau Village.
This is the second leg of the journey, the more exciting one! Everyone who intends to reach the Castle has to stop at the Hohenschwangau Village and embark on the 1.5KM path from the village to the castle. This journey can be completed in the following ways –
You can choose to go the royal way and use a horse carriage that will drop you about 400m away from the castle. You can buy tickets from the carriage driver on the spot.
You can do it the old fashioned way and trek up the steep hill for about 30 minutes. It will be tough if you have children in strollers or have mobility issues.
This is the cheapest option and the shuttle bus will drop you either at the Marienbrucke view point from where you will have to walk downhill to the castle for about 500m or at the Castle door. We’d suggest getting down at Marienbrucke , consuming the views from here and then walking down to the Castle.
The entry inside Neuschwanstein Castle is available only through a guided tour so even if you visit the castle on your own you have to go through a group tour. However, tickets to the tours run out soon as more than 6,000 people visit each day in season and you may miss out on the opportunity. Hence, we strongly recommend pre-booking your guided tour online to avoid last minute disappointment.
Moreover, a guided walking tour will include nearby attractions and unique destinations around the castle. There are also several combo guided tour options that will show you around the nearby visit-worthy attractions like the Linderhof Castle, Oberammergau and Hohenschwangau Castle.
While we all love the idea of self guided tours that allow you the luxury of exploring the city at your pace, it is hard to get from one place to the other in these secluded towns,, unless you have your own car. If you have a car at your disposal, you can tour around these areas, but hiring a guide and negotiating prices with them can be a task if you’re not familiar with the native language. Moreover, cars run up the cost as parking near each spot is a paid affair. Hence, we would blindly go with a guided tour with this one!
The Neuschwanstein Castle has a lift that can take a wheelchair and an employee will accompany the person on the tour. For those with reduced mobility, the best way to go up to the castle is via horse carriage as the drivers can help with the wheelchair. The shuttle buses are quite crammed, hence making way for a wheelchair can be hard. Due to safety concerns, only one wheelchair access is provided per hour.
There is no provision to store luggage including rucksacks, prams, child carriers in the castle. Hence, travel light as you will have to trek up and tour the castle with all your luggage.
The nearest parking lot is in the Hohenschwangau Village. This is due to space constraints near the castle, even cars with disabled persons are not allowed as the hill is too steep for regular cars.
The Neuschwanstein Castle has toilets including a disabled toilet. The second floor of the castle has a Cafe & Bistro where you can take refreshments after your guided tour. Grabbing a bite here is a good way to get some extra time at the castle!