Neuschwanstein castle

The fairytale castle of King Ludwig II.

Neuschwanstein was built for the Bavarian king Ludwig II (1845 - 1886); it was begun in 1868 but never fully completed. The king saw his castle as a monument to the culture and concept of monarchy prevailing in the Middle Ages, which he greatly admired and wanted to recreate. Built and furnished in medieval styles but equipped with the latest technology of the day, it is the most famous historicist building in the world.  

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Guided tours of Neuschwanstein castle

Visits are only possible within a guided tour with limited capacity. The guided tour takes about 30 minutes.

For wheelchair users and visitors with reduced mobility, the Neuschwanstein Castle Administration offers the opportunity to take part in a regular guided tour of the castle by means of an elevator. For further information for mobility-impaired guests, please click here… 

Group tours only on written request:

Neuschwanstein castle is open as follows: 

► Winter opening time: October 16th, 2022 to March 31st, 2023
daily between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

► Summer opening time: April 01st, 2023 to October 15th, 2023
daily between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Closing dates:
Neuschwanstein Castle is closed on December 24th, 25th and 31st and January 1st.

The following languages are offered:

- German and English speaking guide.
- Portable audio guide device: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Slovenian, Polish, Greek, Hebrew, Russian, Arabian, Japanese, Mandarin, Korean and Thai.

All tours take place with a guide. 

► Additional, detailed information and FAQs about visiting Neuschwanstein Castle can be found here on the website of the Bavarian Palace Administration.

 For the tariff regulations for Neuschwanstein Castle, please click here...


Important note! The Bavarian Palace Department informs...

The labour-intensive restoration work on the unique works of art, which began in 2017, is gradually taking place in all the showrooms, ancillary rooms and functional rooms accessible to visitors. The famous Singers' Hall and the magnificent Throne Hall have already been completely restored. The entire work is expected to be completed in the course of spring 2024.

Until summer 2023, the bedroom, the dressing room, the living room and the grotto will unfortunately be closed to the public. In order to nevertheless give visitors an impression of the rooms, an 11-minute film on these rooms will be shown in German with English subtitles after the palace tour.

The inner courtyard of the castle can currently only be visited as part of the castle tour. We apologise for any inconvenience!

The multivision room and the lift are available.

► For further information click here...