A diary/guide to visiting Neuschwanstein Castle | Europe 2018

This blog post series is all about my backpacking trip across Europe this summer, which I did using a Hop On Hop Off bus pass. In this post I’ve just left Ljubljana and arrived in Munich, the final stop of my trip, where I spent a day visiting Neuschwanstein Castle. Here’s what I got up to:

 

After enjoying my last morning in lovely Ljubljana I hopped on a bus to my final stop of the whole trip: Munich. I had already seen most of the city the year before when I went to Oktoberfest with my best pal (which was bloody AMAZING take me back please) so I was mainly going back there to visit Neuchswanstein Castle, which had been on my bucket list for ages.

On my first morning in Munich I woke up early to start my journey to the castle. I walked to Munich Hauptbahnhof (the main train station), just round the corner from my hostel, and asked for a return pass to Neuschwanstein Castle at the information desk. (Would’ve used the ticket machines to buy it myself but then I remembered my German skills are very basic and I probably would have accidentally ended up buying a ticket to Paraguay instead). I forgot to write down the name of the ticket I was given but I’m pretty sure it was a regional day ticket. It’s €25 and allows you to take an unlimited number of trips within Bavaria in one day. All for €25! For the same amount of money here you could probably get on a train for about 6 and a half minutes.

90 minutes, two trains, and one bus journey later and I arrived at Neuschwanstein Castle. It was a very grey, cloudy day but it still looked like a fairytale and the sights were spectacular. One sight that was not spectacular was me when I ended up having to buy a Neuschwanstein Castle branded poncho and looked like a soggy dementor for the rest of the day. Why I’m not an Instagram superstar I will never know.

The bus drops you off in the village and from there it’s about a 30 minute walk up to the castle. (Not entirely sure if that’s true, I couldn’t look at my watch as my arm was stuck inside my poncho for most of the day). When you get up to the castle there’s the option to either go inside for a guided tour, which you need to book in advance, or walk around the grounds to take in some of the views. I chose to do the latter because I was down to about €8 by this point and was trying to save money as much as possible. I can’t really say I missed out, though, because you get some absolutely cracking views:

 

After walking around the grounds for a couple of hours the rain started to finally defeat my waterproof bin bag so I made my way back to Munich with another place ticked off my bucket list. Definitely recommend a day trip here to anyone, and I would also recommend taking a coat. Enjoy!

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