Our next day trip was to Neuschwanstein Castle,
south of Munich near the Alpsee - Hohenschwangau. We drove from Munich on
the Romantic Road ("Romantische Straße"), which took us through some very pretty country side.
As can be seen in these pictures, there just really isn't a "bad view" of the castle from any angle or any distance!
You can either walk up the hill, or you can ride a horse drawn carraige - either way you are going to get some incredible
views of the castle, the valley below as well as the forest.
This picture was taken on the hiking trails east of the Castle, heavily forested area with occasional glimpses of the castle.
Entrance Gate Rear View
As far as I am aware, this is the only public entrance to the castle, through the gate and wait in the courtyard for your entrance to be granted.
Upper Courtyard Level
Facing the Palace front: Bower is on the left, Palace front, and Knights' House is on the right.
Neuschwanstein East Side
As you walk about on the trails near the castle, you can see this end of the building which is not quite visible from the valley or from the front side.
Neuschwanstein West Side
This was taken as our walk up the Neuschwanstein Strasse was completed, looking east along the steep sides of the castle.
Neuschwanstein East Side
It is easy to see that this picture was taken as we ascended the hiking trail on our way to Marienbrücke, the castle views get better & better from this area.
Neuschwanstein Castle Inner Courtyard
This image is from the Neuschwanstein Castle inner courtyard, looking towards the main
At the time of it's construction, the Schloss Neuschwanstein was called the New Hohenschwangau Castle. After the death of King Ludwig II, the castle was renamed the Schloss Neuschwanstein, which meant the “New Swan Stone Castle”. This was a reference to the castle of the Swan Knight Lohengrin in an opera of the same name by Wagner.
Marienbrücke (Mary's Bridge)
Here is a great view of the Castle from the famous Marienbrücke (Mary's bridge) built to cross the
Pöllat gorge by King Maximilian II in 1845. We were perhaps 500 or more feet above the castle.
The hiking path extends beyond the bridge and provides great views of the castle. Looks like a fairy tale kind of building doesn't it? King Ludwig, who designed it and had it built, was far more interested in being an architect, than he was to be the King of Bavaria.
Since we had been inside the Castle before, and because the crowds were such that all tickets for that day were sold out, we decided to hike up behind the Castle, to see it from above.
Marienbrücke (Mary's Bridge)
It was a bit difficult to get a picture while standing on this bridge, due to the large number of
tourists walking to & fro, but eventually Jeremy was able to take this great picture of us - and
oh yeah - with the Castle in the background!
The bridge is an easy walk from the castle, located north of the Castle and above it, click here to view a Google Map of the route.
This is King Ludwig's
Castle), and also where Ludwig was born and grew up.
Hohenschwangau Village is on the left, Schloss Hohenschwangau on right, as seen from Neuschwanstein Castle. The two castles are only 2.2 kilometers apart, click here to view a Google Map of the route..
Hot Day Rest Break
This picture was included to give you a bit of an idea of how hot it was, because on our way back
down the hiking trail from Neuschwanstein, we had to stop and get ourselves a cold drink!
If I remember correctly, something had just flown over this area, and I was trying to get a better view of it.
Neuschwanstein Castle Last View
This was our final view of Neuschwanstein Castle, as we walked through the little village at the
bottom of the hiking trail. As you can see, there were a lot of tourists there that day, which
is typical of summer days in Bavaria. Gives you an idea of how steep that mountain is behind
the castle, that is where we hiked up, to get that beautiful view of the castle.
Once we got out of the trees that lined the hiking trail, we were back in the direct sun light, and it was a scorcher that day. Damn good thing our rental car had A/C !
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