It was a beautiful day in Munich when my friends and I departed to Füssen by train. Our goal that day was to visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired the Disney logo.
How to get there?
We bought Bayern return tickets for three persons for EUR 39. This ticket can be used for train and bus rides all around Bayern area.
From Munich Hbf we took the train to Füssen. The journey would normally take around 2 hours, but because that day there was some tracks problem, we changed trains twice and I think it took us around 3 hours to reach Füssen.
When we arrived at Füssen, we took the bus number 73 that says Garmisch-Partenkirchen on it. This bus or bus number 78 will take you up to the point nearby the ticket sales counter.
Be mindful because the buses are always full of people, mostly with young tourists and families. If you’re not tired, give the seat to those in need.
It would save your time to book the ticket online because we spent around 15 minutes standing in the queue just to get the tickets. Also, the tour is so packed with tourists that during peak season the tickets are sold out for all tours that day.
You don’t want to be one of the sad tourists who reached there only to go back to Munich because the tickets are sold out, do you? To reserve the tickets online, click here.
Touring Neuschwanstein Castle
The tour was designed for everyone to finish in around 30 minutes. You will be given an audio guide to listen to and it’s available in English and German. There will be security guards following you to make sure no one takes pictures or videos.
You will step into the castle one room to another, climb the stairs, and carefully listen to the audio guide to listen to the information.
When we entered the master bedroom of Ludwig II, The King of Bavaria who lived momentarily in the castle, the audio guide told us that he was arrested in his room around 3 am in the morning and brought to a waiting carriage. He was seen as a mentally ill person, not capable of reigning Bavaria.
The very next day, the king was found drowning in Lake Starnberg. The cause of death was unknown until today. Many people don’t believe that the king attempted suicide by drowning himself, as he was a strong swimmer and the height of the water was only waist-deep.
I did not read the king’s biography before visiting the castle. But during the tour, I sensed that there was something about him. From the interior of the castle, the paintings, and murals on the walls, the many swan figures and the candles in the halls…
It’s possible that he was not a straight man. He was never reported married nor did he have mistresses. This might be the reason why he was arrested and deemed insane. He could never produce heirs to Bavaria and his lavish lifestyle gave the kingdom a huge financial problem.
My impression of the tour
Everyone has a different opinion about the tour, particularly why it is not allowed to take pictures or videos inside. It is quite disappointing, I agree because there are so many beautiful aspects of the castle that we can capture and share for others to see.
I respect the rules of course. It’s just sad that the castle guidebooks sold at the souvenir shop don’t have nice and decent pictures. Whoever took the photos and have them published clearly did not do a great job.
In another hand, if tourists were allowed to take pictures, the guided tour would be messy. Because visitors could spend too much time trying to take selfies that it would slow down other visitor’s pace or even disturb them.
To me personally, I was fascinated by the interior of the castle and the story behind every room. My reason to go there was not to get instagrammable pictures anyway but to understand why among all the castles in the world, Walt Disney chose this one for the logo inspiration.
Ludwig II and Walt Disney had one thing in common, they were both eccentric and ahead of their time. They created magic in their lives that last forever. I really appreciated my visit to the castle. It gave me chills sometimes to imagine what happened in some rooms, but in others, I was mesmerized.
I would definitely go back there for another visit and next time I would visit Hohenschwangau Castle and Museum of The Bavarian Kings, too.
87645 Schwangau, Germany
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