Neuschwanstein Castle Guided tour (ENGLISH)
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Neuschwanstein Castle Guided tour (ENGLISH)

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Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most popular of all palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.4 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king". In summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through the rooms that were intended for a single habitant.

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle to withdraw him from public life – now vast number of people came to view his private refuge.

Neuschwanstein illustrates the ideals and longings of Ludwig II more vividly than any of his other buildings. The castle was not designed for royal representation, but as a place of retreat. Here Ludwig II escaped into a dream world – the poetic world of the Middle Ages.

Guided tours: 

There is always a guide with the group in English.

10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m. (Winter opening times)
Visits are only possible within a guided tour. The guided tour takes about 30 minutes.
9.00 a.m.  - 6.00 p.m. (Summer opening times) with limited capacity.


English speaking guide.

Opening dates:

24 March to 15 October: 9 am-6 pm
16 October to 23 March: 10 am-4 pm
Neuschwanstein Castle is closed on January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st.

Very important:

You need to come at the entrance 1h30 before your time's visit to pick up the tickets.


For wheelchair users and handicapped persons there is a possibility to join a regular guided tour by elevator. Please notice that this service requires a reservation. A service fee will be charged. Your reservation request can be sent through our reservation form.

The elevator in Neuschwanstein Castle is generally available once every hour for  1 disabled person or 1 person in a wheelchair (+ 1 companion). This service is depending on availability.

There is no rental service for wheelchairs or rollators on spot. The required wheelchair must be brought along.
We recommend using the horse carriage to Neuschwanstein castle (however the carriage has no ramp). For more information please click here.

For further information for mobility-impaired guests, please click here…

Exploratory preservation measures:
Preserving all the features of Neuschwanstein Castle intact is an ongoing task. At the moment we are thus carrying out individual examinations in the state rooms to assess the condition of the interior decoration. All the rooms will remain accessible, but occasionally a small area of the wall around three metres long may not all be visible because of scaffolding.

The Marienbrücke in winter:
Please note that during the winter months the Marienbrücke, the bridge over the Pollät Gorge, may have to be closed for bad weather. To find out whether the bridge and the path to it are open, please contact the Ticket Center in Hohenschwangau: www.hohenschwangau.de. The way to the castle and the guided tours are not affected.