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Fabienne
Belgium

“One of a kind experience to tour the castle. Spend some time at the Marienbrucke as well, to get a good pic of the castle. The is a nice trail just after the bridge if you are up to it, which I think will give another good view of the castle. If you are getting late for your tour or if you have weak legs or lungs, take a bus ride going up, costs 1.8eur. Then walk going down. Don't take the horse carriage as it is goes very slow.”

Erin
United States of America

“If you're looking for a hot tourist trap, this is it. The parking lot is full of tour buses. My husband and I didn't get tickets in advance which was a huge issue because even arriving at 1PM the wait was 4+ hours. There are two castles to see and apparently Neuschwanstein is more finished on the outside and pretty unfinished on the inside; where as the other castle is more done on the inside but less impressive on the outside (this was a tip we got from other travelers). Anyway, at almost 50 Euros for the two of us and a 4+ hour wait, we decided to nix the tour entirely. The good news is that you can hike the castle walk for free and head to the bridge (Marienbrucke) where you can take amazing, postcard quality pictures of the castle for free with only a little effort of getting up the hill. Its no small task, you're looking at probably 30-40 minutes of an uphill climb, but its worth it and much cheaper than the alternative. All in all, we don't feel like we missed anything. Unless you get your reserved tickets in advance, consider doing the same.”

Calvin
United States of America

“Get there early in the morning”

Heath
United States of America

“If you already know the castle's history, don't worry about listening to the tour guide. A half hour is not long enough to actually look at everything. There are many detailed carvings and paintings. I found myself lingering in each room until the next group started to enter and then rushed to catch up to my group and repeat. It was the only way to be able to see the plethora of detail that is the beauty of Neuschwanstein.”

Susan
United States of America

“Best castle tour I have taken - lots of steps though. Take the bus up so that you can walk up to Mary's bridge for the iconic view and have a downhill walk to the castle, and take the horse carriage back down after.”

Judith
United Kingdom

“The organisation of the visitors is incredible. So slick. The guided tour round the interior takes half an hour. We saw the castle and walked up to Mary's Bridge and back in a morning. Leaving the afternoon to visit the local lakes. Our guest house gave us a coupon for 1 euro off the 12 euro entrance fee (per person, per castle). This castle's history is colourful rather than long.”

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