Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle Tours and Tickets

By |2018-07-10T15:39:20+00:00February 13th, 2017|Day Trip Munich, Europe, Germany, Munich, Recent Post|39 Comments

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The castle looks unreal the first time you see it; a royal crown nestled atop the mighty Alps. It’s hard not to have your thoughts wander off to the seemingly impossible feat of the structure and off to a distant fairytale land. This is the best castle in Bavaria, and it inspired Disney himself, to make it the icon of your favorite fairy tales. It’s easy to see why this day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most popular excursions to the Alps. I’ll tell you how to get to Neuschwanstein, which tickets to buy, how to skip the line and alternatives to the tour like hiking and a bike ride.

Day trip from Munich Germany to the Disney Neuschwanstein Castle

Visiting the Disney like castle near Munich, Neuschwanstein Castle is a great option for everyone. There is plenty to do, from hiking, two different castle tours, and a museum. You can even get up to the castle in style with a horse-drawn carriage or bus if you have mobility concerns. Since this is one of the most popular day trips it can get very crowded if you go on the weekend be prepared to fight crowds and wait around. If you can, I recommend going in during the weekday in the summer. To avoid the longest line of your life, make sure you read the section on how to avoid the line, or you might head home unable to tour the castle. The first part of my guide will help you get there on your own. Then I will include some pre-packaged hassle-free tours. At the end of the post, I’ll include some advice on taking a group tour with Mike’s Bikes. I’ve been to the area twice, once independently and once with Mike’s Bikes, Munich and both are great options

This guide covers specific details on getting to Neuschwanstein castle from Munich, ensuring you secure tickets to tour to the main castle and doing the gorge hike after. If you want to go to the museum or the other castle, plan according.

Day Trip from Munich to Newschwanstein Castle Independent Tour

Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle Overview

Options and Cost to get to Neuschwanstein: Your cost for this tour will include the Bayern ticket. For groups of 2-5 people, always buy the group ticket, as it only costs you about 25 euros. This saves a ton of money, but is only valid after 9 am. The cost for an adult to tour one castle is 13 Euros. For more ticketing prices, check here. Bring money for lunch and expect tourist prices.

Seasons: All. Be warned that in winter the gorge and bridge may be closed due to ice and snow. Check the website for more details.

Packing List:

  • Small backpack.
  • Water bottle or camelback.
  • Camera.
  • Check the weather and dress appropriately. In Summer bring sunscreen or a hat. In winter, a hat and gloves and a warm jacket.
  • Good walking shoes.
  • Snacks.
  • Your ticket reservation information.
  • Buying Tickets and Tour for Neuschwanstein Castle

    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle

    This should be the first thing you do before you even think about going to Neuschwanstein Castle if you want to physically go inside the castle. If you do not do this, you will be waiting in a miserable line and during the summer you won’t even make it into the castle. Trust me. I walked up to the reserved line on a hot sunny day during peak summer and picked up my tickets no problem, while the line to get tickets on spot almost ran all the way to the bus stop, which was a LONG WAY! Don’t be one of those suckers. RESERVE YOUR TICKETS HERE You can reserve your tickets at least two days in advance, meaning the latest you can book is by noon two days before your trip. However, I’ve seen this book up a month in advance, so the earlier the better. You need a credit card to book online, but you pay once you arrive. When you buy your ticket it does not clearly state what time the tour is. I suggest trying to get a 13:55 or 15:55 tour, even though it only allows you to select hour increments on the hour. Most likely if you select an hour within that range, you will get an email with a confirmed tour time, which may be different than the time you hoped for. YOU MUST PICK UP THE TICKETS 90 min before your tour starts OR YOU LOSE THEM

    Getting to Neuschwanstein from Munich

    Day Trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle

    By now you should have a confirmed time for your tour, hopefully, the 13:55 or 15:55, or you might be rushed on either end. Plan at least 4-5 hours of transit time before your tour. So, if you’re on the 13:55 tour, you should be leaving Munich no later than 9:55 am. The train journey takes about 2 hours, you’ll want to arrive early to buy your tickets and grab a seat, plus an additional 20 min bus ride and you will need to pick up your tickets at least 90 minutes before your tour starts.

    The direct trains to Füssen leave the Munich Central Station at 8:53, 9:53 and 10:47 am. Plan which train you will need based on the start of your tour time. Remember to arrive at the station early to buy the Bayern ticket (only available after 9am for 2 or more people), a normal ticket (before 9 am as a solo traveler) and to get breakfast or coffee. The Bayern or regular ticket will print out and you should have a pen on you to write the names of everyone in your party on the lines on the ticket. You can buy these tickets online or at the station from a kiosk or the help desk.

    Your train will be full, during the peak season, so be at your platform at least 20 min early if you want a seat. The trains to Füssen usually leave from platforms in the back right (if you’re facing the trains) corner of the station, numbers are in the high 20s, but check the departures board and your tickets. It is usually 27,29, or 29.

    Kick back and relax as the train ends at in Füssen. Use the train’s bathroom before you go!!! If it’s summer there are only about 2 toilets near the ticketing station and you can possibly wait up to 30-40 min in this line and miss picking up your tickets. As soon as you leave the train follow everyone out of the station and to your bus. Take a left stepping off the right side of the train and a right at the Y, and another right. You can easily follow the crowd, but if you linger too long you’ll be waiting for another bus. Use your same ticket you boarded the train with and hop on bus 78. Ride to the bottom of the ticket center. Walk uphill and get in the reserved ticket line, pay for your ticket and ask any questions you might have.

    Sample timetable for a 15:55 tour:
    Several weeks out buy tickets online
    10:30 am arrive at the train station, buy tickets grab coffee head to the platform.
    10:47 am train leaves
    12:50 train arrives in Füssen
    12:55 bus leaves from Füssen to Neuschwanstein
    13:10 (ish) bus arrives
    13:15-13:30 pick up tickets
    13:30-15:45 walk up to the castle- take photos, grab lunch.
    15:45 be at the area ready for your tour at 15:55
    16:00-16:45 Tour castle
    Head down to catch the bus back to Füssen for the 18:06 train. The next train leaves at 19:05, but there is a stop involved, and the one at 18:06 is the last direct and easiest train to catch home.

    All up transportation to and from Neuschwanstein takes most of your day with only about 3 hours for photos and the tour.

    Getting to the Castle and your Tour

    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle

    There are four ways to get up to the castle, but my recommended route is to walk straight up the paved trail, to make sure you have enough time to get there before your tour. The guide says it takes about 40 min to walk up, but I think I did it in about 20 minutes, as a fairly capable walker. There is also a horse-drawn carriage for a dramatic entrance or a bus system that can get you most of the way uphill. I have not taken either of these, so ask an attendant how to do this if this is your mode of transportation. An alternative option if you have enough time to make it to your tour of the castle, is hiking up the gorge. This can be done after an earlier tour, or before a later tour. One of my favorite reasons for doing this tour is you not only to learn about the history of the castle and King Ludwig II, but you also get some great photo ops otherwise unavailable. See below photos.

    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle

    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle

    Booked A Guided Tour

    If all that sounds way too complicated for you, check out some of these tour packages. If you choose a tour package I appreciate you booking from my one of these links to support my blog.

    Exploring The Area Around Neuschwanstein

    Day Trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle

    After or before your tour you should have some time to explore the surrounding area. If you want a view like the photo above, walk up a bit further behind the castle to the Marienbrücke Bridge. This bridge gets very crowded in the summer. My sister and dad opted to stay behind and let my mother and I brave the bridge. Just be patient and you’ll get your turn at this majestic photo opp.

    The gorge I mentioned above is also a nice walk and can be done on either side of the tour, depending on how much time you have. Occasionally this area is closed due to maintenance or flooding; pay attention to all signs and follow instructions. (Photos of this hike in the section about Mike’s Bikes.) You will be following the Pöllat River and you end near the toboggan ride and gondola. Keep an eye on the time and explore this area if you want, but make sure to be back at the train station or at the castle to start your tour.

    There are also plenty of forested walks to the castle as well. Instead of taking the main paved route, you can try one of these alternative routes. If hiking isn’t your thing, but you want to shake things up, this is a good route to go. My parents loved it, aren’t they cute? This takes you right back to the visitor center or spits you out near the castle and your map provided at ticketing has the trails.

    Day Trip from Munich Germany to Newschwanstein Castle

    Day Trip from Munich to Newschwanstein Castle with Mikes Bikes

    If independent adventures aren’t your thing, but you want to enjoy everything Neuschwanstein and Füssen have to offer, while making new friends, then check out Mike’s Bikes! The first time I came to Munich almost six years ago I used this company. They picked us up from our hostel and bused us out to the castle. They handled all ticketing and transportation, so we just had to enjoy the day. We started off by renting bikes and riding around Swan Lake. We got some amazing views of the castle from below.

    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle 1

    After our bike ride, we had lunch and hiked up the gorge to the castle where we took the tour. There were also plenty of options for anyone who didn’t want to bike, including a toboggan ride and tickets to the other castle or museum.
    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle 3

    Day trip from Munich Germany to Neuschwanstein Castle 3

    It was a well put together tour and I normally don’t recommend pre-packaged tours, but this one was great! Find out more about Mike’s Bikes here.

    Pro Photography Tip

    If you want a great view of the castle from the front, with the old red stone facing, take the gondola up near the Toboggan, you’ll need to make this a priority and if you’re lucky the guide will allow you to open the window for photos. I have not done this, but this is where you find the stunning front photos without a drone.

    Getting Home from Newschwanstein

    Essentially follow the same route back home. From the ticketing center, head to the bus stop and take the bus back to the Füssen train station. Be careful which train you get on, if you want a direct train home take train at 18:06. Many of the other trains stop halfway through where you’ll have to change trains and can almost double your ride home. Grab some food or relax in order to make one of these if you have leftover time. If you do get on a train that stops halfway through, just exit and look for the platform with a train headed to Munich.

    I hope you enjoy your day trip from Munich Germany to the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle. Let me know if you need any help planning your Munich trip and don’t miss these other day trips from Munich.
    Day Trip from Munich Hiking Tegernsee or this day trip to Dachau Memorial.

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    Enjoy the best day trip from Munich to the Disney inspired Neuschwanstein Castle in the German Alps. Enjoy the best day trip from Munich to the Disney inspired Neuschwanstein Castle in the German Alps.


  1. Shane Prather 2017-02-13 at 8:49 pm - Reply

    This castle is straight out of a fairytale, oh my! I wish I’d had time to make it as far as Munch and this day trip. Next time!

  2. Julie Cao 2017-02-13 at 8:59 pm - Reply

    The Neuschwanstein Castle is fairy-tale like and no wonder why so many people are visiting on the weekends. Great tips on reserving the ticket online in advance to avoid long hours line-up, route to get to the castle, as well as the pubic transport. It is the details of the trip planning that makes the travel easier.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:43 pm - Reply

      Thank you! Navigating the train system in Germany can be a bit overwhelming, especially with the language barrier. So, I’m glad it is helpful. Thanks for reading, Julie!

  3. Cynthia 2017-02-14 at 2:49 am - Reply

    Ooo I didn’t make it to Neuschwanstein Castle when I was in Germany this past fall. It looks like such a beautful place though. Thanks for this helpful post. I’ll keep it in mind for the next time I’m in Europe!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:42 pm - Reply

      I hope you can make it back through, there’s so many amazing things to see in Germany! Thanks for reading.

  4. Candy 2017-02-14 at 4:42 am - Reply

    I’ve never done a hike to a castle, but now I really want too! The castle is stunning and I can see where Walt Disney got his inspiration. I wouldn’t mind going all out and getting the horse drawn carriage 🙂

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Hiking up to castles is so much fun! The view at the stop makes it all worth it.

  5. neha 2017-02-14 at 10:36 am - Reply

    You call the neuschwanstein castle unreal, i would call it surreal. It is so beautiful that it looks out of this world. Thanks for the tips, particularly around the advance ticket booking and group booking that will save time as well as money. When I visit Germany, will definitely visit here

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:45 pm - Reply

      I always said it is one of the most castley castles there. It’s what I think of when I think of castle. I hope you are able to make it out here someday!

  6. Paige Wunder 2017-02-14 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    Gorgeous photos! I was at Neuschawanstein Castle in the winter so I didn’t do the hike around for those amazing views, but daaang, I missed out! Biking sounds like a great adventure! I need to head back there soon! Cheers!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:46 pm - Reply

      I think biking was my favorite way to experience it. I always go for the most adventerous thing I can. Thanks for reading!

  7. Alexandra Ogden 2017-02-14 at 1:55 pm - Reply

    Wow, it really is like walking into a fairy tale! I love how in depth you got – right down to where you should go to the toilet! Funny, but totally necessary information!! Bookmarking this now for when I go 🙂
    I don’t know if you’ve been to Sintra in Portugal, but that’s another fairy tale daytrip from Lisbon that I would recommend.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:47 pm - Reply

      I have never been to Sintra, or Portugal, but I would LOVE to go. I looked it up and it does look quite picturesque! Thanks for reading and the extra tip.

  8. Maja Mexatia 2017-02-14 at 2:09 pm - Reply

    The prettiest castle in the world! It has been a dream to see it in person, I can imagine us coming in a carriage 😀 Your guide is excellent and I love how you planned everything. Much is not so far from Zagreb, we will use your suggestions for our next trip.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:48 pm - Reply

      I believe there is a direct train from Munich to Zagreb! I would love to connect and show you around Munich if you ever come!

  9. Kelly 2017-02-14 at 3:44 pm - Reply

    Lovely post. I had no idea that this castle outside of Munich existed. It reminds of the Beauty and the Beast Castle. But I love all your thorough tips about how to get there and reserving tickets early and even how to take the best photos. So amazing.

  10. Only By Land 2017-02-14 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    This is something I didn’t do in Munich, instead I took the flixbus to Innbruck. I’m more interested in photography the castle than a tour so I’d go out to Marienbrucke Bridge like you suggested, the image you took is stunning. Great info about avoiding busy times, I hate it when it’s super busy.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:49 pm - Reply

      Innsbruck is a great place to go too! If you ever make it back you’ll have to come see some castles. I prefer photos too, but my family really wanted to see the inside. Thanks for reading!

  11. Jillian Michelle 2017-02-15 at 2:23 am - Reply

    I’ve always wanted to visit Neuschwanstein!!! I had no idea you could arrive by horse drawn carriage though lol! I love that it’s an option. I’ll definitely opt for the tours when I go. Thanks for the tip about the photo op spots that are only available that way! I’d be bummed if I missed out on some epic photos by skipping out on a tour. Your photo of the castle from afar (with the bright blue sky and fluffy clouds) is my absolute favorite of all your photos though!! Thanks so much for telling us where to go to snag that same view!! So often I see people post great photos with no helpful info on how to take a similar one. I probably would have spent forever wandering around before realizing I should go BEHIND the castle to Marienbrucke Bridge (or missed out on it completely). Thanks bunches!! I love that your articles always have so many great tips and secrets! <3

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:50 pm - Reply

      Thanks for reading Jilian! I hope some day you can see it in person, if not I hope Adventure Dragon can come to get all the good photo ops!

  12. Jackie Taylor 2017-02-15 at 8:44 am - Reply

    The view of the castle is absolutely amazing! I would love to see it in person someday. This is just another reason why I need to go back to Germany!

  13. Allison 2017-02-15 at 12:27 pm - Reply

    Neuschwanstein Castle looks like it’s straight out of a fairy tale so I can see why Disney would use it as inspiration. Good to know that you can reserve tickets in advance to avoid the queues as this is one of my biggest pet peeves. The rickety wooden bridge would freak me out … there is no way I would be walking across that lol

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      You can easily avoid that bridge if you need to! It really is the perfect castle for a happily ever after. Thanks for reading, Allison.

  14. Global Girl Travels 2017-02-15 at 1:22 pm - Reply

    Oh yes I’ve read that this castle actually inspired the magical castles on Disney. It’s amazing right that those that we see on fairy tale stories actually exist in real life. You’re so lucky to have witness such an architectural marvel. I do consider myself an architectural buff and love seeing all kinds of architectural beauty and I would be honored to behold this sight in person.

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-02-15 at 9:52 pm - Reply

      I’m just in awe at how the build things like this up in the Alps, I can’t imagine how they do it! Thanks for reading!

  15. Clare 2017-02-16 at 1:06 pm - Reply

    I have seen a lot of pictures of this castle recently and it just looks so beautiful. I need to try and fit in a few days to germany as I love castles and really want to see it. Thanks for the info, very useful. I always like to get to a place independently so this helps alot. Thanks 🙂

  16. Priyadarshini Rajendran 2017-02-16 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Wow, Newschwanstein castle sounds so exciting. I love all things related to Alps and I am a sucker for fairy tales.. this castle looks like it is out of my dream!
    Thanks for sharing the schedule, looks great. I would love to know if there is any specific season you think is good to visit this castle?
    The photos are great by the way!

  17. This castle looks breathtaking! And I love that you can do it in a day trip too – this is a must see if I ever visit!

  18. Jacqui cooks 2017-02-16 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    Oooh I’m so envious you got to visit the original Disney Castle It certainly sounds magical! I’m so tempted to go and visit right now. Carriages and toboggans WOW! Thank you for your post!

  19. Manon 2017-02-16 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I still can’t get over the fact how beautiful the castle is, and that I never visited it before. Always when I see photos, especially during winter times I remind myself to go.. I definitely need to make it a higher priority.

  20. Alice Chen 2017-02-17 at 1:21 am - Reply

    What a magnificent castle! It looks stunning!

  21. Marguerite 2017-02-17 at 6:50 am - Reply

    Thank you so much for this! I’m based in Berlin and am planning a trip to Munich in the spring. I wasn’t sure if I could visit the castle in one day, but thanks to your itinerary I now know I can. Danke schön!

  22. Karin 2017-03-25 at 8:13 pm - Reply

    There are gondolas?! I´m sold! I never took a gondola in my life in spite of visiting Venice twice. It looks like you have to plan the trip really well though as the tickets can only be reserved and not bought straight away!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-03-26 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Bavaria is FULL of gondolas. They’re usually used for skiing in the winter, but great for skipping the hiking in the summer. If you ever come down here I’ll take you on some of the better ones!

  23. Jennifer McCallum 2017-04-08 at 1:54 pm - Reply

    Just found your blog and I love it! I’m currently planning a trip to Switzerland and was debating about adding a day trip to Neuschwanstein…and this confirmed it! Thanks for all of the detailed tips!

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2017-04-08 at 10:04 pm - Reply

      Thank you for reading, Jennifer. I am glad it helped you plan and inspire your trip! Send me an email if you have any questions!

  24. Rafael & Thomas 2018-02-26 at 2:13 pm - Reply

    Hey, Susanna.

    Beautiful shots! Neuschwanstein is surely a pearl but all the nature around it is also incredible. We want to go back there in summer to enjoy it more!

  25. Jamie H 2018-04-05 at 6:24 pm - Reply

    Very helpful post..although what do you mean by get to the train by 5:50 to head back to Munich because it is the best, but not the last train?
    Also, how did you find the forested walk that your parents took while coming back down the castle? This is something I would be interested in with my parents. Does it lead to the same area at the bottom as the paved path?

    • Wandering Chocobo
      Wandering Chocobo 2018-04-07 at 9:37 am - Reply

      Hey Jamie, I’m so glad you found this helpful! The last train often depends on the season. I HIGHLY recommend getting back to the train station by 5:50 to get back to Munich. The options after that can take double/triple the time, with several stops and it can be quite complicated to get home. I believe during the offseason, it really is the last train. Train schedules change every year and are dictated by season though, I find that Google Maps does a decent job with train schedules, or you can ask when you buy your train ticket what the schedule is at that time. I would say for all logical reasoning that is the LAST train. If you’re worried about time, you can always look at getting to the area earlier, and look at taking a train before 9:52. This might be something to consider if you want to do a gondola ride or any extra exploring. However, with my whole family, we had plenty of time to do the exploring we wanted. There are two ways down I mention. The gorge which leads to a different area, and the off-trail gravel path – which does lead to the same area as the paved path and the entrance you came through.

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