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Guide To A Easy Day Trip To Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich!

Guide To A Easy Day Trip To Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich!

You haven’t seen Bavaria until you make a day trip to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich, easily one of my favorite castles in the world! 

Towering over rocky crags at the foot of the German Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle has inspired awe and wonder ever since it opened to the public in 1886. 

The detail is unbelievable. A landmark of Germany if ever there was one…

The rooms are straight out of a fairytale and I loved exploring it with SANDEMANs NEW Europe, hearing the sordid details of King Ludwig II and Wagner’s life.

Day Trip to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

Guide To A Easy Day Trip To Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich!

“I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others”

King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Often referred to as a fairytale castle in the sky, Neuschwanstein Castle represents the labour of love constructed by King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1864-1886).

He was one of the most fascinating ruling personalities of the 19th century and his gradual withdrawal from political life and escape into his idealised poetic world is still a story that intrigues and beguiles to this day.

Day Trip to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

On our day trip with our amazing guide India we were regaled with stories about this unconventional King and seriously, there is so much more to this place than meets the eye!

Without SANDEMANs NEW Europe tour I would never have even scratched the surface and fallen head over heels for this glorious monument to a bygone era! I really love how these guys make history fun, and really help you understand a destination. I’ve used them so many times before all over Europe, especially for their world famous ‘Free Walking Tours’ and can 100% recommend you to look them up the next time you’re in Europe! 

Particularly this full-day, fantasy adventure with a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich – though there are plenty of other tempting fairytale castles in South Germany!

Day Trip to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

To visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich involves a two hour train journey through the stunning Bavarian countryside arriving at the quaint village of Hohenschwangau next to the glistening Alpsee.

From here a short climb or bus up to the Marienbrücke Bridge unveils a panoramic vista of this 19th-century masterpiece, and your day.

Day Trip to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

“The real world is an illusion”.

While Neuschwanstein Castle is clearly the visual highlight, what I actually loved even more was hearing about the fantastical but tragic history of King Ludwig.

With his withdrawal from political life into his own abstract world, King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1864-1886) is one of the most transfixing ruling nobility of the 19th century. Ludwig, prevented by numerous political constraints from carrying out his duties as King, found other uses for his time.

He created Neuschwanstein Castle and the palaces of Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee as imitation alternative worlds in which he could immerse himself in far-distant places and eras long past. Inspired by the  fairytale like operas of Ludwig’s good friend Richard Wagner, Neuschwanstein features a theme heavily inspired by the famous composer’s work in many rooms as well as in the building’s exterior.

Together with the spectacular alpine backdrop, it enabled Ludwig  to experience this poetic world in a tangible, visual form. The castle, originally known as Neu Hohenschwangau, only gained its new name after the death of the King, being called Neuschwanstein by British tourists….trust the English to call it something they can’t pronounce.

Day Trip to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

Today Neuschwanstein Castle is even on the tentative UNESCO list as ‘Dreams in Stone – the palaces of King Ludwig II of Bavaria’ – An interesting read for anyone that has visited.

To visit this masterpiece and hear all the gossip on Ludwig II, the “only true king of the century”, or the “fairy-tale king”, check out SANDEMANs NEW Europe Neuschwanstein day trip!

Day Trip to Visit Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich

I hope you can enjoy a easy day trip To Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich to hear the epic story of  ‘Mad’ King Ludwig in all its magic, romance, and absurdity with Sandemans.

While you’re at it, why not check out my other posts on Winter Travel in Germany, the stunning town of Quedlinburg, the top things to do in Düsseldorf and of course: Oktoberfest!