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Germany: Neuschwanstein the Fairytale Castle

Germany, September 2011

Neuschwanstein castle
"That's a fairytale castle!" It was my first thought when I saw the picture of Neuschwanstein castle. When I was a kid, I loved reading fairy tales book. So I've always have a soft spot for castles. I've been to Disneyland in USA, Japan and Hong Kong. Little did I know that Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty castle.

When I was planning my trip to some cities in Germany including Munich, I knew that I had to make time to visit this beautiful castle. It takes less than 2 hours from Munich to Neuschwanstein. So a day trip it was.




Iced Coffee before visiting the castle...bliss !



Neuschwanstein castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge.


a pretty restaurant

one of the souvenir shops

my new hat, something Bavarian :D

flares

To get to Neuschwanstein castle from Hohenschwangau, you can do it either on foot, walking to the castle in about 30 minutes. Or by horse-drawn carriage which depart from Hotel Müller, it costs 6 euros for uphill and 3 euros for downhill journey. Or by bus, departure point: Schlosshotel Lisl. The bus goes via Bleckenaustraße to the "Jugend" lookout point (Marienbrücke) from where it is about a 10-minute walk on a steep downhill path to the entrance of the castle. This path is not suitable for the disabled! Return ticket costs 2.60 euros.



breathtaking scenery on the way to the castle



You can actually go inside the castle but it was closed during my visit. Yeah, my bad luck :(
Entrance tickets are available only at the ticket centre Hohenschwangau in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle. So please, make sure to buy your ticket before you set off to the castle. Check their website if you need more information www.ticket-center-hohenschwangau.de



Neuschwanstein Castle as seen from Marienbrücke
King Ludwig II said "I intend to rebuild the old castle ruins of Hohenschwangau by the Pollat Gorge in the genuine style of the old German Knightly fortresses........the spot is one of the most beautiful that one could ever find." 
And I couldn't more agree with you Lulu...errr.....I mean King Ludwig II. It's indeed one of most beautiful sceneries I've ever seen.


Is castle also you thing? Which one is the most beautiful castle that you've visited ?

32 comments:

  1. What a wonderful place, castle and blue sky. I loved that :D

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    1. Yup, it was a lovely sunny day and beautiful scenery. Great combo :D

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  2. A wonderful post, I really enjoyed this.xxxxx

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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you like it :)

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  3. Makasih ya sudah posting ini - summer nanti kalau sempat dikunjungi juga tempat ini xx

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  4. Melamum dulu aahhh......
    Kapan ya bisa berkunjung ke sono ?
    Iri.com juga nih..... Wkwkwk......

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    1. dream high, kita ga pernah tau suatu saat mimpi bisa jadi kenyataan :)

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  5. Keren banget castle nya, suka ama danau biru nya :)

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    1. iyah, castle-nya memang cantik banget, kayak di buku dongeng :)

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    2. Bismillah .... semoga semesta mendukung dan aku bis amengikutin jejak jenk debbzie kesono. Ngarep banget bisa keliling dunia :)

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    3. Aku bantu dengan doa yaaaa.....semoga bisa kesampean mengunjungi semua benua :)

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  6. Cantik (pake banget) istananya *pengen banget eurotrip* *terisaak*
    heheheh

    btw mba debbzie pake kamera apaa? yang moto keren, hasil potonya juga
    *minta di ajak ke jerman*

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    1. hahaha, yukkk ke Jerman :p
      Thanks ya, foto2nya pake camera semi pocket Canon G11. Memang scenery-nya udah bagus banget, jadi asal motret juga hasilnya bagus :)

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  7. Amazing pictures, Deb! I loved the picture of the palace where Sleeping Beauty and Rapunzel lived :D

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    1. Thank youuu, memang cantik banget castle nya. Bener2 kayak yang di buku cerita dongeng :D

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  8. jaman dulu bagaimana yaa cara buat kastilnya setinggi itu *mikir keras* :)

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    1. kalau dipikir2, orang jaman dulu lebih canggih dari sekarang ya. Bangunan juga lebih kokoh :)

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  9. It's only 2.5 hours from Zurich! I am SO gonna visit this gorgeous castle :D

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    1. Yes, you should Aggy. It's so beautiful there :D

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  10. Omigod..!! Kastilnya kakak.., kastilnya.. *speechless* *usap2 mata*

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    1. cantik ya kastilnya, serasa dalam negeri dongeng :)

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  11. I've always wanted to go here - It's like something out of a fairytale movie! Just perfect. Gorgeous photos too! :)

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    1. Thank you! It's a real fairytale castle :)

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  12. hiii debbzie aku jg pernah kesimi, keren banget ya, wkt itu kita bisa masuk ke kastil ini tp ngga bisa foto2. Btw aku pernah liat foto kastil ini pas musim dingin, keren banget bersalju tp kayanya ngga akan kuat ya ke daerah ini pas bersalju, sepi dan dingin bnget. Good picture debbzie.. cool

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    1. Thank you :D
      iyah, aku sampe beli poster kastil ini, foto pas musim panas n musim salju. Bagussss banget!

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  13. bener-bener kastil negeri dongeng, a mad ludwig did a great job!

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    1. asli ini cantik banget kastilnya. Apalagi lokasi di tengah hutan gitu :D

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  14. What a sweet post! I went there as a teenager and we managed to go inside the castle and some of the rooms are craaazy (sort of like the king who built it). Reading this makes me want to visit again!

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    1. Wow, now I even more curious about the room, hahaha :D

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  15. all about Hohenschwangau here below

    http://hohenschwangau-neuschwanstein.blogspot.de/

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  16. foto kastilnya keren bgt, gk salah kl sy vote mbk di bloscars,,,smoga menang ya, hadiahnya bisa dipake ke island
    good luck...

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