Neuschwanstein Castle is a must visit destination for anyone travelling anywhere near Bavaria, Germany. The real life Disney castle, is honestly one of the most impressive sites I think I’ve ever had the privilege of seeing.
Located near Schwangau and Füssen, Neuschwanstein Castle is easily accessible by train and then a bus. Once you arrive at Hohenschwangau, the town at the base of the castle, there is a 30 minute walk up a steep hill to the castle. If, like me, you want to have an even more unique experience, take the horse drawn carriage up (even if those you’re travelling with don’t approve)! Despite not having to walk yourself, it does take a while to get to the top, but hey, it makes for quite the experience!
When you get to the top of the hill, you are presented with the most surreal view of the castle and the view of the town below. The 147 year old castle is absolutely stunning, especially from the viewing bridge, which can be accessed by another path. Despite the ‘no entry’ signs during the winter, I highly recommend doing so. When the castle and the mountain is surrounded in a layer of pristine white snow, you’ll be thinking you were looking at a painting. Oh but if you do plan on visiting in the winter, make sure you’re wearing boots with really amazing grip…it gets incredibly icy up there, so without the grip, you’ll be slipping every second step (I learnt the hard way).
So for any of you living in Europe or planning on visiting any time soon, I HIGHLY recommend visiting Neunschwanstein Castle! If you have any other recommendations for southern Germany, leave them below!