Rick Steves Tour: Neuschwanstein Castle and a Bit of Bavaria


By Rick Steves

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Rick Steves Tours eBooks are straightforward, self-guided walking tours through some of Europe’s most popular destinations, designed for easy reference on your mobile device or eReader.

In Rick Steves Tour: Neuschwanstein Castle and a Bit of Bavaria, Rick shares his candid advice on how to get the most out of a tour of the Neuschwanstein Castle – including where to start, how much time you need, and what’s worth stopping for-all for less than the cost of a cup of coffee. With Rick’s knowledgeable, humorous writing in hand, you’ll also learn some interesting historical facts about the things you encounter along the way.

Packed with indispensable tips and recommendations from America’s expert on Europe, Rick Steves Tour: Neuschwanstein Castle and a Bit of Bavaria is a tour guide in your pocket-and on your smartphone.


Neuschwanstein Castle and a Bit of Bavaria

Orientation to Neuschwanstein castle

Map: King’s Castles Area

The Tour Begins

More Sights near Neuschwanstein Castle


Orientation to Füssen

Sights in and near Füssen

Sleeping and Eating in Füssen

More Bavarian Sights

Europe’s most spectacular castle lies 80 miles southwest of Munich. Perched dramatically on a hill, with its proud white turrets, it’s impressive inside and out. This chapter focuses on seeing Neuschwanstein Castle (noy-SHVAHN-shtine) on a day trip, either on your own or with a tour. I also cover nearby options: the equally historic Hohenschwangau Castle (hoh-en-SHVAHN-gow) and short hikes with great alpine scenery.

With more time, you can stay overnight in the nearby town of Füssen and explore more of Bavaria—a picturesque land of cute villages, painted buildings shared by cows and farmers, and locals who still yodel when they’re happy.



Cost: €13 for timed-entry ticket, €25 “Königsticket” combo-ticket includes Hohenschwangau Castle (described on here), €31.50 “Schwanenticket” adds the Museum of the Bavarian Kings (see here). Free for kids under age 18 (with an adult).

Hours and Entry Times: The ticket center is open daily (7:30-17:00, mid-Oct-March 8:30-15:30). The first castle tour of the day departs at 9:00 (10:00 off-season); the last tour departs at 17:00 (15:30 off-season).

Information: Tel. 08362/930-830, www.hohenschwangau.de.

Reservations: It’s smart to reserve ahead, particularly for holidays and weekends during peak season (June-Oct—book a week ahead for July-Aug). Reservations cost €1.80 per ticket and must be made online at least two days in advance (no later than 15:00 local time). You must pick up reserved tickets an hour before your appointed entry time, as it takes a while to get from the ticket office up to the castles. If you’re late, you may have to rebook for a later slot.

Without a Reservation: A percentage of castle tickets are set aside for in-person purchase; arrive by 11:00 to beat the crowd. During August, the busiest month, tickets for English tours can run out by noon.

Reserve Neuschwanstein entrance ahead, then pick up your timed-entry ticket there.

One Full Day at Neuschwanstein

If you have all day to see Neuschwanstein Castle and its nearby sights, here’s a possible day plan:

8:00—Arrive in the village of Hohenschwangau. Buy tickets or pick up reserved tickets.

9:00—Visit Hohenschwangau Castle with the guided tour.

10:00—Hike, bus, or clip-clop up to Neuschwanstein, and wait for your entry time.

11:00—Tour Neuschwanstein Castle with the guided tour.



On Sale
Jul 30, 2019
Page Count
15 pages
Rick Steves

Rick Steves

About the Author

Since 1973, Rick Steves has spent about four months a year exploring Europe. His mission: to empower Americans to have European trips that are fun, affordable, and culturally broadening. Rick produces a best-selling guidebook series, a public television series, and a public radio show, and organizes small-group tours that take over 30,000 travelers to Europe annually.  He does all of this with the help of more than 100 well-traveled staff members at Rick Steves’ Europe in Edmonds, WA (near Seattle). When not on the road, Rick is active in his church and with advocacy groups focused on economic and social justice, drug policy reform, and ending hunger. To recharge, Rick plays piano, relaxes at his family cabin in the Cascade Mountains, and spends time with his son Andy and daughter Jackie. Find out more about Rick at http://www.ricksteves.com and on Facebook.

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