Neuschwanstein Castle over looks Alps the lake.


King Ludwig II Mystery: Murder or Suicide

In 1886, King Ludwig II of Bavaria was deposed when four government psychiatrists certified him insane and transferred him to Berg Castle. He and one of those psychiatrists were found dead near the castle in Lake Starnberg. To this day, it’s questionable whether it was murder, suicide, or both.

Neuschwanstein castle overlooks Hohenschwangau and the Alpsee lake in Bavaria.


King Ludwig II grew up in Hohenschwangau castle, and when he was eighteen, his father died, and he was crowned king.

Hohenschwangau overlooks the lake Alpsee
King Ludwig II grew up in Hohenschwangau Castle.

King Ludwig II “The Mad King”

Two years later, King Ludwig allied with Austria during the Austro-Prussian War, and Prussia’s victory eliminated the king’s sovereignty. Because of this setback, Ludwig became a recluse and built extravagant castles that created a fantasy world where he could reign like a medieval king.

Obsession with the Composer Richard Wagner

This is the view from Marienbruke.
Neuschwanstein Castle overlooks Hohenschwangau village and the lake Alpsee in Bavaria.

In 1868, the king had broken ground for his most famous castle, Neuschwanstein, and within four years he had access to parts of the castle. Ludwig was fixated on Richard Wagner, and Neuschwanstein became the embodiment of this obsession.

Not only had Ludwig attended “private performances” of Wagner’s operas where he was the sole member of the audience, but he had also built Neuschwanstein to honor the composer by hiring a theatrical scene painter to design the castle with scenes from his operas. Ironically, Wagner died before he saw it.

View of Queen Mary’s Bridge or Marienbrucke Bridge

Queen Mary's Bridge sways over Pollat Gorge.
This is a view from Neuschwanstein of Queen Mary’s Bridge and the Alps.

The Interior of Neuschwanstein Castle 

While building Neuschwanstein, Ludwig used technology unheard of in the 19th century. His builders installed flushing toilets and central heat and furnished his kitchen with two ovens, a stove, spit, sideboard, and hot and cold running water.

Queen Mary's Bridge is named after King Ludwig's mother.
The waterfall and Pollat Gorge from Queen Mary’s Bridge in Bavaria are spectacular.

Ludwig’s extravagances incurred massive debt, and his ministers deposed him by reason of insanity. However, though his behavior was Exceptional, there is evidence that he may have been set up.

Neuschwanstein Castle over looks Alps the lake.
This is the view from Queen Mary’s Bridge of Neuschwanstein Castle.

Within weeks of his death, Ludwig’s descendants opened the castle for tourism. Since then, it has become one of the most photographed castles in the world and attracts as many as 6,000 visitors a day.

Neuschwanstein Castle and Walt Disney


Walt Disney was inspired to create Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and Disney’s Magic Kingdom after he had toured Germany and Neuschwanstein.

Neuschwanstein overlooks the Alps.
Autumn is the perfect time to enjoy the Bavarian Alps.

We visited near the end of September and purchased our tickets at 11:30 a.m. for a 1:00 p.m. tour. We rode the bus up and ate lunch at the castle restaurant. The crowds were not overwhelming, and the temperatures ranged in the high sixties to seventies with a slight breeze that cooled our skin.

The foliage colored the Bavarian hills and valleys with splashes of orange, gold, and green. We felt like we had arrived at the perfect time.

Visiting Neuschwanstein

Tickets can be reserved in advance or purchased at Hohenschwangau ticket office on the day that you visit. Management suggests collecting your tickets an hour before your tour. On busy summer days or holidays, tickets can sell out early.

You can hike, take a carriage, or a bus up to the castle. Tickets include a guided tour, but inside photos are prohibited. Once inside the castle be prepared to walk up 165 steps and down 180.

Neuschwanstein Ticket Cost

Adults: 13 euros

Children under 18 accompanied by an adult: Free

Groups and senior citizens: 12 euros.

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5 thoughts on “Neuschwanstein

  1. We were there last year but didn’t book tickets upfront. It was so busy we had to wait for hours. We didn”t feel like that and left. Our youngest was so disappointed. #TheWeeklyPostcard

  2. I am a big fan of castles but haven’t been to this one yet. I really want to go. Your pictures are beautiful. Thanks for sharing on #TheWeeklyPostcard

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