Neuschwanstein Castle, the "Fairytale Castle"
Visit one of the world’s most famous buildings
There are many people who believe that the original castle actually
is at Disneyland!
For once and for all: that’s not true! The real Neuschwanstein Castle is just 5 km from Fussen!
It was not the illusionists from Disneyland or Las Vegas, but rather the Bavarian King Ludwig II, who, in 1868, created a fairytale castle in the style of old German knights' castles: Neuschwanstein Castle. The impressive building sits enthroned on a rock 200 metres above the valley and shows from far away what the visitors can expect: an excursion to a fairy-tale dream world.
King Ludwig II - Bavaria's fairy-tale king
There are many myths and rumours which surround this king, even when he was still alive. "I want to be an eternal puzzle to myself and others," wrote Ludwig to his governess, and this puzzle still fascinates people today. His castles, which were never to be entered by strangers, have greeted more than 50 million visitors since Ludwig II’s death. They are stone witnesses to the alternative world that the king built to escape the present. Ludwig II never accomplished his attempt at individual historic, poetic and idealistic fulfilment. He chose death over a return to reality.
Neuschwanstein Castle, One of Europe’s Most Visited Castles
Seven weeks after King Ludwig II’s death in 1886, the Neuschwanstein Castle was first opened to the public. The secluded king had built the castle to withdraw from the public – and now his refuge had become a tourist attraction.
Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular castles in Europe. Due to its fairy-tale architecture, embedded in the picturesque village of Schwangau, the building is an absolute must for tourists. In the inner rooms, visitors can admire the lavish furniture, inspired by medieval legends and works by Richard Wagner. 1.3 million visitors make the journey to the "Fairytale King’s" castle each year. In summer, an average of more than 6000 visitors stream through the castle’s rooms, originally built for only one single occupant. The Altstadthotel Zum Hechten in Fussen is perfectly situated for a trip to the Neuschwanstein Castle. Tickets are available at the ticket center Hohenschwangau. Information on the prices and opening hours can be found in our visitors' guide .