Went to Neuschwanstein Castle in March 2008. The place was as beautiful as shown on the postcards and Internet.
I drove there from Munich taking around 1 hr and 40 minutes. There was not much traffic jam as I drove on the Autobahn most of the way. I decided to drive there because I read on websites that taking a train and bus will take much longer time and during the winter the castle closed early.
Leaving Munich at 9:30am, I arrived in Hohenschwangau around 11am. The place is a little town catering for all the tourists that are visiting the castles. The car park cost 4.5 Euros for each vehicle and I quickly walked to the ticketing center to buy entry tickets for the castle (Neuschwanstein). My scheduled entry time was 1:30pm, with nothing earlier. I didn't pre-book the tickets because I wasn't sure my arrival time at the castle. I had a quick lunch in the mean time. There are lots of restaurants and few snack bars close by. The public toilets at base of the mountain cost 0.3 Euro, but there are also restroom up the mountain near the castle that was free.
There are three ways to get to the castle from the ticketing office: bus, horse carriage and walking. The bus doesn't run during snow or rain conditions and the horse carriage cost around 5 Euros. I had a pleasant walk up to the castle and it took less than 30 minutes. The horse carriage looks a lot of fun too, however they do squeeze many people onto a single carriage and there was a long queue.
Once on top, the view is spectacular. The castle was very beautiful and so are the near by lakes. I couldn't take a photo of the castle in a single frame because it was too large. I guess the near by bridge would be a good place to take photo because it was further away from the castle and on the same altitude. It was also closed when I was there.
Inside the castle there are lots of wooden structures and furnishings than the usual gold and silver decorations. I expected to see more rooms in the castle but the whole third floor was never completed.
All in all a well worth while visit if you enjoy castles and historical sites.
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