Neuschwanstein Castle – Schwangau

Picture: Neuschwanstein Castle

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.  

Picture: Throne Hall

Throne Hall
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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.

Webcam showing Neuschwanstein Castle


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Object information:


Tickets are obtainable only at the ticket centre in Hohenschwangau:
tel (0 83 62) 9 30 83-0,
fax (0 83 62) 9 30 83-20

Tickets on sale
April-15 October: 8 am - 5 pm
16 October-March: 9 am - 3 pm

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Tickets can also be booked in advance at the ticket centre for an additional charge:
Ticketservice Neuschwanstein
Alpseestr. 12, 
87645 Hohenschwangau
tel (0 83 62) 9 30 83-0,
fax (0 83 62) 9 30 83-20

Responsible administrative office

Schlossverwaltung Neuschwanstein
Neuschwansteinstr. 20
87645 Schwangau
Telefon (0 83 62) 9 39 88-0
Infoline (0 83 62) 9 39 88-77
Fax (0 83 62) 9 39 88-19
E-Mail svneuschwanstein@

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Opening hours

Neuschwanstein Castle
28 March-15 Oct: 9 am - 6 pm
16 Oct-27 March: 10 am - 4 pm
open daily

Closed on:
1.1., 24.12., 25.12., 31.12.


Please note:
The hiking trail through the Pöllat Gorge is inaccessible until further notice due to a rockfall.

We apologize for any inconvenience caused.

Guided tours

Guided tours (approx. 30 mins) in German and English

Audioguide available

Audioguide tours in sixteen languages

Admission charges 2014 

12 euros regular
11 euros reduced internal link

Annual season tickets /

All opening hours and admission charges at a glance (PDF-file)

Combination ticket
Neuschwanstein Castle / Hohenschwangau Castle:
23 euros regular
21 euros reduced internal link

Combination ticket "Königsschlösser"
(King Ludwig II's palaces)

24 euros
The combination ticket is valid for six months; you can visit each of the palaces Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof, and Neuschwanstein once.

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Information for the disabled: notes for the disabled, Shop: Shop, Franchised restaurants and hotels: restaurants…

Information for the disabled:

For reasons of organization we ask wheelchair and walker users to book their guided tour beforehand at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau. Near the castle there is a toilet for the disabled.






Franchised restaurants and hotels:

Schlossrestaurant Neuschwanstein
Tel. (0 83 62) 8 11 10
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Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus (RVA) to "Hohenschwangau"

There are coach trips up the mountain which end below from the castle.

Parking space:

Car park available at Hohenschwangau

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