January 18, 2018

Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle and Alpine Bavaria

When people visit Germany it almost always includes a stop in Bavaria and, with good reason, this trip will include a visit to Neuschwanstein, just one of King Ludwig’s castles. Perched high atop a hill deep in Bavaria, near the Austrian border, sits Neuschwanstein castle. The castle combined with the dramatic scenery created by the jagged peaks of the Alps equal a beauty that is unsurpassed.

This impressive castle, built in the medieval style, creates a dreamy fairy tale vision that also exemplifies the feeling of this southern portion of Bavaria. It’s no wonder the castle is so popular!

View of Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria Germany

View of Neuschwanstein Castle from www.schloesser.bayern.de - Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung

I recently had the opportunity to read a new guide to visiting Neuschwanstein and her sister castle Hohenschwangau. Written by Edd Morris, Neuschwanstein Castle 2013: An ‘Exploring Castles’ Travel Guide would be a great read for anyone visiting the castle for the first time. The author not only gives tips to enhance your visit of Neuschwanstein but also includes nearby hotel recommendations, not to miss excursions, ways to save a few euros on your visit and some interesting history on King Ludwig and the rooms in the castle. Also included is a discussion on the various ways you can reach the castle.

Alpsee Bavaria Germany

Alpsee by Nicholas Even

The close proximity to Munich enables visitors to reach the castle on a coach as a day tour from Bavaria’s capital city. My first visit to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles was on a coach trip from Munich. There are many pros and cons to this type of trip and while I thoroughly enjoyed my bus tour and could recommend it if you only had one day to experience King Ludwig’s castle, it’s not my preferred way to visit Neuschwanstein and her environs.

My favorite way to visit Kind Ludwig’s castle is by personal car spending multiple days in the area to fully experience the Bavarian Alpine countryside.

Why? Let me tell you just some of the reasons you should explore the region!

Oberammergau Bavaria Germany

Oberammergau by Oberau-Online, on Flickr

  • Visit villages that are famous for their painted buildings, violin making (Mittenwald), wood carving (Oberammergau) and organ music (Ottobeuren)
  • Fresh air, green meadows and National parks
    The Alpspitze and Waxenstein as seen from Garmisch Germany

    The Alpspitze and Waxenstein near Garmisch by Octagon

  • Enjoy a picnic in one of the meadows listening to lovely Alpine music from the bells around local Cows necks
  • Make cheese from the milk produced by these Happy Cows!
  • See storybook villages complete with chalets and window boxes overflowing with color
  • Hike up the Tegelberg mountain or around Germany’s highest mountain, Zugspitze
  • Swim, sail, canoe or walk around the many lakes in the area including Alpsee, Forggensee or Obersee
  • Drive along the Alpine Road stopping to visit other castles like Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee
  • Visit beautiful Wieskirche or the Baroque Abbey in Ettal which dates back to 1330 and is famous for its beer and schnapps
  • Ettal Abbey Bavaria Germany

    Ettal Abbey from wikimedia

    What do you think? Would the Alpine Scenery make for a wonderful holiday?

    While I did receive a copy of Neuschwanstein Castle 2013: An ‘Exploring Castles’ Travel Guide for free, all opinions are mine.

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  1. Fabiana says:

    That castle sounds like a really cool place to visit. I am still working out my itinerary through europe. I might include this place.

  2. Neil says:

    Neuschwanstein looks absolutely stunning Debbie, one of my long term travel targets. Can’t say I know much about German castles but with backdrops like that they will be hard to beat. Didn’t realise they were so close to Munich as well, thanks for the post!
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  3. Rachel says:

    Beautiful pictures – the mountains in southern Bavaria are so beautiful! Glad you had a wonderful time!
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  4. Lane says:

    Every time we head to Europe, we put this on our travel list. Then, it gets axed because we can’t find another “biggie” attraction nearby to link it with. Any ideas?
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  5. Salika Jay says:

    Hi Debbie, the view of Neuschwanstein Castle looks absolutely stunning! Other sights in the region look equally beautiful. A picnic in the meadows sounds like the perfect thing to do in summer.
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  6. Jenn says:

    Wow! I was already hooked just from seeing the castle but after hearing about all the other amazing things there are to do in the region I’m even more ready to go!

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      The castle is definitely a big draw in the area but the other interesting options will bring you back!

  7. Marcia says:

    I agree with you Debbie, a car is the best way to go.
    I always feel cheated on bus tours as just when I’m digging into a place, it’s time to leave. Of course, the best way to experience any place is to stay for a while.
    I’d really love to see Bavaria, and especially this castle. Beautiful!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      Sometimes a car is just necessary. I always feel bad for my husband, who does most of the driving, because he misses out on so much beautiful scenery!

  8. Jemma says:

    I love the third photo. The house looks so lively and colorful. It’s really great to have lots of plants and flowers around. 🙂

    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      It really is lovely isn’t it? The flowers on the houses is one of the things that I love most during my first trip to Bavaria.

  9. Krista says:

    I love this area so much I’ve visited it several times. 🙂 One day I’d like to go back just to do hiking in the hills around the castles. That would be brilliant. 🙂
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I know exactly how you feel. There is so much to do and see in the area. Hiking would be wonderful!


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