Neuschwanstein Castle, which King Ludwig II built on a rugged hill against a backdrop of picturesque mountain scenery, was prompted by the idea of rebuilding an existing ruin "in the authentic style of the old German knights' castles", as he wrote in a letter to Richard Wagner.
The castle was built by Eduard Riedel and Georg Dollmann from idealized sketches by the scene painter Christian Jank. While the building itself imitates the 13th-century Romanesque style, the paintings inside predominantly depict scenes from Wagner's operas such as "Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin". The Singers' Hall is modelled on the banqueting hall of the Wartburg near Eisenach; the decoration includes wall paintings illustrating the Parzival saga.
The church-like Throne Hall was modelled on Byzantine domed architecture and the Allerheiligenhofkirche (Court Church of All-Saints) in the Munich Residenz and symbolizes Ludwig II's idea of a monarchy by God's grace. Neuschwanstein is not a copy of a medieval castle but a typical Historicist creation.
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Tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle are sold exclusively at the ticket centre:
tel (0 83 62) 9 30 83-0
You can buy tickets during the following times
April-15 October: 8 am-5 pm
16 October-March: 9 am-3 pm
Reservation of tickets
Tickets can also be booked in advance at the ticket centre for an additional charge.
28 March-15 Oct:
9 am-6 pm
16 Oct-27 March: 10 am-4 pm
Closed on: January 1 and December 24/25/31
The hiking trail through the Pöllat Gorge is inaccessible until further notice due to a rockfall. The way to the castle, the guided tours, and the access to the iron bridge, the Marienbrücke, are not affected.
We offer guided tours in German and English (approximately 30 minutes).
Audioguide tours are available in sixteen languages.
12 euros regular
11 euros reduced
Combination ticket "Königsschlösser"
(King Ludwig II's palaces)
The combination ticket is valid for six months; you can visit each of the palaces Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, and Neuschwanstein once.
For reasons of organization we ask wheelchair and walker users to book their guided tour beforehand at the ticket center. Near the castle there is a toilet for the disabled.
Tel. (0 83 62) 8 11 10
Bus (RVA) to "Hohenschwangau"
There are coach trips up the mountain which end below from the castle.
Car park at Hohenschwangau
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