Monday, January 26, 2015

Travel: Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany





              Back in September when I was still living in Switzerland, my husband and I decided to take a day trip to Bavaria (Southern Germany) to visit one destination that has been on my bucket list for a long time... Neuschwanstein Castle. This place is beyond magical and was a perfect spot for family pictures and a day spent outside. And as a bonus, the kids thought this truly was Sleeping Beauty's castle! 
                 

Located just minutes from the Austrian border and built in the last 1800's by King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein (Neu means New and schwan means swan in German) is like a real life Disney princess castle. There are actually two castles and one museum on the grounds, along with restaurants, buggy rides, hiking/biking trails and so much more. 
To get to the actual castle is quite the hike but so worth it. The views of the valley from the top of the mountain are breathtaking...and the castle itself is huge! There are shuttles available to and from the castle but that does cost money and the line was way too long for me. 

                     
    
There are tours of the interior of the castle available for only 9 Euro and lasting about 30 minutes (no cameras allowed inside). I recommend getting tickets early as it was very crowded and the lines were long for everything. However, there is plenty to see on the outside and within the castle walls for no cost, except parking. If ever in the southern German, northern Austrian or eastern Swiss areas, taking the time to see this gorgeous, very touristy destination won't be a let down! 



15 comments:

  1. I love your photos! I was there as a teenager. Did you hike with Baby? I remember hiking up and it was tough. By the way, the selfie of you and your hubby at the castle is super. Tina from Amanda's Books and More

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  2. Hi Christina! Yes, I walked up with the baby ha! Luckily the weather was on our side and it was not too hot. Thank you!! xx

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  3. What an amazing castle, I love architecture, what wonderful experience to visit such a place. Such great pictures of all of you! Would love to have you stop by and linkup!
    Happy Wednesday!!
    Karren

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  4. Amazing. You just dont know how much I love buildings like this! Thanks for sharing =)

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  5. amazing! how lucky to be able to live near there, i am sure there are a million places to explore!
    b

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  6. What a beautiful country and a amazing family. I would love to visit a castle sometime.

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  7. What stunning pictures! My husband was in the Army and stationed in Germany. He is always talking about the castles he was able to tour while there! Thank you for linking up to the Oh My Heartsie Girls Wordless Wednesday Linky Party!

    Wishing you a fabulous week!

    xx
    Lysa
    Co-Host OMHGWW

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  8. What a cute little family! And yeah that castle is ok too! Absolutely stunning, you're so lucky to have seen it! I'd love to travel to Germany. Will definitely be linking up with you today as well! Thanks for posting :)

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  9. Gorgeous! I wish my family was traveling abroad right now---it looks so fun!

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  10. Love this place. Magical indeed! But that bridge across the valley for the perfect few of the castle scared the heck out of me! I remember holding on for dear life! Your pictures are beautyful!

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  11. Beautiful scenery! Lovely family, too!

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  12. BEAUTIFUL photos on a captivating blog!

    Meagan Sullivan, aka The Lone Star Blogger

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  13. It's gorgeous! I always wonder what it was like to build something so huge and beautiful without the advantage of today's modern technology.

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  14. Hi!
    What gorgeous photos! You must be a travel blogger. My husband is obsessed with traveling, so we are planning quite a bit of it this summer. I've been to Germany and seen castles, but I don't think the castles were in Germany. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. I've visited Neuschwanstein twice and both times it felt like I was in a dream. Beautiful photos!

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