Originally, it was called New Hohenschwangau Castle, but it got renamed after Ludwigs' death into Neuschwanstein.
Neuschwanstein is one of the most visited castles in whole Europe estimated 1.5 million visitors each year. Summer is the worst time with up to 8.000 tourists daily. However, even during the worst time of the year, you can find your magic moment here. Continue reading for detailed when to visit facts and the history of the fairy-tale king Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Reopening of Neuschwanstein Castle May 30 - Marienbrücke (Bridge with a spectacular view to the castle) is already opened with limited access due to COVID 19. Poellat Gorge is also opened offering spectacular views to Neuschwanstein and Marienbbrücke (bridge)
Crowds and Weather by Seasons
Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited places in Germany. For an outstanding experience especially during the peak season, you should be prepared for an exceptional visit. Weekends are always busier with German and Austrian tourists as well. The famous castle is located close to the Austrian border and the Ammergau Alps. The mountains have a huge impact on the climate. The summer is wetter than the winter. The village Schwangau on the bottom of the hill of Neuschwanstein is located at an elevation of 800 meters. That’s the reason for long and icy winter and cooler summer months.
The best time to visit Neuschwanstein is during spring and autumn. It is busy, but not utterly overrun except midday, and temps are pleasant. Either come early morning and book the first guided tour or late in the evening. Experience this magic place in tranquility and watch the spectacular sunset. Tip: If you want to watch the sunset bring a torch or headlight for the walk back in the night. Sunset times for Munich
Top Tip: If possible bring a bike or rent one. It is a strenuous uphill drive but fast and great fun for the way back to your hotel, car, or campervan.
The best views to Neuschwanstein are first from Marienbrücke (bridge), and when you cross the bridge, continue walking for less than 10 minutes through the forest and than turn left uphill. It's a moderately short walk which offers even better views. For me the best photo spot of all where I took the sunset pictures. However, if you like to do so bring a torch!
April can be sunny and warm, with temps around 20°C. May and June reach temps up to 26°C. If it’s overcast or rainy temps below 10°C are not rare. Precipitation occurs almost every second day due to the proximity to the mountains. However, the weather is changeable; after a heavy shower, it often clears up and gets warm again. During the night and in the early morning, expect 0-5°C.
The summer is a lovely time in the mountains. Temps can reach 30°C on a sunny day, but the mean daily temp is around 20°C. This time of the year is the wettest. Rain occurs every second day. Nevertheless, it doesn’t rain for days often. Instead, it’s also sunny or partly cloudy. Due to the location, it cools down in the night, temps drop on average to 10°C. The castle is a popular must-see site when visiting Munich. The worst time of the year is from July to September. Tickets are often already sold out before lunchtime. Make a ticket reservation in advance; otherwise, you leave Schwangau with disappointment.
This is my favourite time of the year. The crowds thin out, the temps are often still pleasant, and the fall foliage is spectacular. If it is sunny, temps are often above 20°C at midday. Overcast or rainy days are colder ranging from 10°-15°C. Decreasing precipitation in autumn.
November is often cold and grey; therefore it is less busy here. As soon as it starts snowing, it looks fantastic. December is a popular month for Munich for the Christmas Markets and so for the castle. December to February are the driest months of the year. Instead of rain, there is usually snow. March and November are a little warmer, while December to February temps are, on average around 3°C. Days with crispy blue skies and snow on the ground occur often. Nights are freezing at least -10°C. Unfortunately, during snow and ice, the popular Marienbrücke, the bridge with an excellent view to Neuschwanstein, is closed.
Opening Hours and Closures Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle
- Daily opened except 1. January and 24 / 25 / 31 December
- April to 15. Oct 9 am-6 pm
- 16. Oct to March 10 am-4 pm
Ticket Center Hours for Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau
Attention: To enter the castles, you have to buy or pick-up your reserved tickets first!
- April to Sep 7.30 am until 5 pm
Oct to March 8.30 am until 3 pm Exception; if Easter holidays are in March already longer opening hours at the end of March
Operating Hours Bus Shuttle to the Castle and Return
- Summer First drive up to the castle and Marienbrücke, the famous bridge for a fantastic view, at 8 am and last at 5.30 pm. Last transport down at 6.45 pm
- Winter First shuttle uphill at 9 am and last at 3.30 pm. The last shuttle back is at 5 pm.
- Not during snow and ice. However, horse-drawn carriages are always available.
Our Three Top Hotels All Facing Neuschwanstein
These are our top three hotels all within walking distance to Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau Castle, and Lake Alpsee as well. Spend at least a night and watch the awesome sunset or sunrise at Neuschwanstein. It's a tranquil atmosphere when the day visitors left the village in the evening and before they arrive in the morning. We already watched the sunset twice which was mesmerizing.
Villa Ludwig Suite Hotel
Although a 4-star hotel, it feels like being in a real 5-star. Supremely friendly staff awaits you. Rooms are spacious with wonderful interior and Nespresso coffee machine. Delicious breakfast, huge parking garage fee 8€, bike rental. Although close to all amenities, it is quiet here. You can get your castle tickets at the check-in. Due to COVID 19 limited access to Neuschwanstein, request your tickets at your hotel booking. Ask for a room with a castle view.
Ameron Neuschwanstein Alpsee Resort & Spa
The 4-star resort is located next to Lake Alpsee, facing both castles. The Spa has a fantastic lake and mountain view. It is quiet in the evening. Rooms are comfortable, breakfast is outstanding, and the staff is super friendly. Parking available for 12€ each day.
This hotel is located opposite of the Ameron. The horse carriage departs from the entrance very convenient to get to the castle. Free onsite parking available. It’s quiet in the night though some hustle and bustle during the day. The restaurant of Hotel Müllers offers delicious dinner and a great breakfast. They also provide a ticket service for guided tours through the castles. Request the ticket service already when booking.