I can't give this place a terrible because it really is in a beautiful area. The castle has a stunning backdrop and I would love to hike around the area more.
But that said everything about visiting the castle itself is, in my opinion, not worth it at all.
1)Epic line to get tickets... like one of the worst in the world (that I have seen, and I have been to a lot of high traffic places). Also you have to get tickets at the village and not at the castle. This comes into play because they assign you a non refundable tour time and if you miss it... well you missed it. Also the ticket is fairly expensive.
2) Guided tour only. You can't walk around on your own. This sucks in my opinion. The tour guide may or may not speak good English. I don't mean to rag on people's language ability, but my tour guide had a harsh Bavarian accent. I personally could understand it but I heard several others on the tour complaining... so if English is not your first language or you struggle with accents, be warned.
3) Large tour group, small rooms. They cram a lot of people into your guided tour. The rooms obviously weren't meant for tourists, let along large groups.
4) Unfinished castle interior means short tour. Can't really blame anyone for Ludwig dying before he finished the place, but as a result it looks way bigger on the outside then you actually get to see on the inside. The tour is only around half and hour.
5) No photos inside. This is always bull in my opinion as non flash photography hurts no one. Forced to be discreet I only manged one really decent photo of the inside. Tip: Hang around back and wait for the tour guide to leave the room first.
Overall: Not worth it in my opinion. The external view makes a fantastic picture but the overall tourist experience will have you wishing you visited somewhere else. Sorry to burst the fairy tale bubble... but skip it unless you can live with the many faults.
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