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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Visits are only possible within a guided tour with limited capacity.
The guided tour takes about 30 minutes.
Information for wheelchair users:
Due to restrictions and protective measures, people who are dependent on a wheelchair cannot currently visit the royal castle.
Guided tours take place in the winter from October 16, 2020 to March 26, 2021 daily between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and in the summer from March 27, 2021 to October 15, 2021 daily between 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Neuschwanstein Castle is closed on January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st.
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.
The Bavarian Palace Department informs…
Restoration work is currently being carried out inside the Neuschwanstein castle. This unavoidably could produce a bit of noise, just as in some areas signs of the ongoing work will be visible. Due to the work, some signs of the walls will not be visible and of course we have had to temporarily move the textiles from the rooms where work is being done. We apologise for any inconvenience!