Neuschwanstein- The Real Cinderella Castle in Bavaria Germany

June 28, 2010 MuseumChick

After hiking the trail up the Bavarian Alps foothills from the small
town of Hohenschwangau (nearby to Füssen) I discovered a real Cinderella Castle- the magical, Neuschwanstein Castle.

Bavarian King Ludwig II dreamed up this castle in 1868. King Ludwig was a long-time admirer of the 19th century German composer, Richard Wagner (pronounced Vagner) and much of the castle was inspired by his operas including my personal favorite, Tristan and Isolde.

Castle Neuschwanstein

Walking around the castle without a tour guide is prohibited. So, I got my ticket and waited in line for my number to be called- much like waiting for your number at a deli counter. But the line moved fast and soon…

Castle Neuschwanstein

…I was in. I've been told that the tour guides are notoriously boring and the groups can be large. Mine was about 25 people meandering through the rooms together, gunning for a spot closest to the guide so we could hear her tales through an incomprehensible accent. But it was all worth it for a look inside this unique and amazingly well preserved castle.

Castle Neuschwanstein

The castle amazingly survived despite heavy bombing during WW 2 in Bavaria. The detailing and colors are still prominent and you don't need much of an imagination to sense its grandeur.

Castle Neuschwanstein

Castle Neuschwanstein

 In the Throne Hall, under a Byzantine modeled chandelier is…

Castle Neuschwanstein

…an intricate mosaic floor.
Castle Neuschwanstein

Following the tour led through hallways with openings to many smaller eating and sitting rooms.
Castle Neuschwanstein

Castle Neuschwanstein

Then the tour led up stairways with banisters decorated with carved dragons…
Castle Neuschwanstein

…And windows that overlooked an amazing view.

Castle Neuschwanstein

 Castle Neuschwanstein

Then a kitchen that would make even the worst cooking-phobe, like me, want to cook. Much of this kitchen, including the copper pots and pans are original furnishings from the time of King Ludwig II. The cylindrical wooden block in the middle is where meat was chopped and towards the back are roasting spits.

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A model of the castle and 19th century construction pictures hang on the walls at the end of the tour, along with a gift shop, of course.
Castle Neuschwanstein

And the way back down leads to this small cafe and my last glimpse of the castle on the hill in the distance before jumping on the bus back to Munich.

Castle Neuschwanstein 

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  1. Emy Romera 01.28.2014

    Will be in Spangdahlem, Germany around May 10 -23 and thought of visiting the Cinderella Castle in Neuschwanstein. Can you tell me please how to get there by driving or any kind of public transportation and how far is it from Spangdahlem?

    Thank you and hoping to get some information from you.

  2. Lori 05.27.2013

    This castle is on my list for next time when I’ll be in Germany. I want to see for myself if it is truly a fairy tale castle, or not. I see that it has many visitors per year and many beautiful details inside :)
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  3. Taylor 02.18.2013

    This is real?

  4. Patty 05.27.2012

    I was explaining this castle to our son and remembered i could go online for pictures and there you were. This definately brought back great memories of our trip in 2000. Thank you

    • MuseumChick 07.26.2012

      HI Patty, I glad you found my pictures. Such an impressive place!

  5. Philip Koch 03.24.2012

    Danee, my grand daughter Maya who just turned 4 this month has had a total fixation on castles and princesses for the last 2 years. I will show her this blog post and she’ll be in heaven.

    • MuseumChick 03.25.2012

      Hi Philip- Happy Birthday to Maya! That’s very sweet that she is so interested in castles. Have she ever been to Belvederes Castle in Central Park? Not much like Neuschwanstein but the closest castle I can think of.

  6. Joseph McEvoy 01.28.2012

    Visited this castle in 1974 and it was totally amazing. Most of the wall paintings are from Wagner operas. King Ludwig is even painted into one of the wall paintings as you enter the building.

    • MuseumChick 02.1.2012

      Hi Joseph- I didn’t know that King Ludwig painted some of the decor himself- very interesting. Thanks for your comment!

  7. MdAmor 08.18.2011

    I have been through Bavaria, but have not made it to the castle. I have been to Disney though!

  8. 03.22.2011

    Love the pics! My great-great-great grandfather was a construction worker for the castle and was promoted to foreman the last 5 years of construction. Neuschwanstein will always have a place in my heart. It’s very beautiful.

    • MuseumChick 03.24.2011

      That’s so special that your g-g-g-grandfather worked on Neuschwanstein. He must have been a master at what he did because the castle is incredible! Thanks for sharing

  9. jt 12.29.2010

    I was at this castle about two months after you.

    Photography inside the castle is strictly prohibited.

    How did you manage to snag so many nice shots?

    Thanks for posting them, I only snuck one or two before being firmly reprimanded!

    • MuseumChick 12.29.2010

      I snuck them too. I used my small camera so they couldn’t see and my group was HUGE so they couldn’t keep track of anyone. I didn’t use my flash so they didn’t notice.

      • tahsa slone 05.12.2013

        ok i found this under a search for the real cinderella so did this have any thing to do with the real story of her from what i can find out she was from germany French: Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre, Italian: Cenerentola, German: Aschenputtel (look this up on goole) but this was her real name Cendrillon, ou La petite Pantoufle de Verre and i was was just thinking that due to this find on this subject your pictures shows up was this any thing to di with her??? if you can give me any thing on this subject i can give you link on my site as i write about the truth in fairy tales peace out,

  10. Elaine Peters 08.17.2010

    I'd never seen any interior information, so those were really special! Thanks for all the care and skill in taking the amazing pix.

  11. Danee Gilmartin (Mus 08.9.2010

    Hi Chris, Thanks for your advice. I wanted to visit Herrenchiemsee but ran out of time. Hopefully I'll be back one day :)

  12. Chris 08.6.2010

    Be sure to take the hike over the suspension bridge behind the castle. The views and photos from the bridge are spectacular. Also, if you have the time visit two other castles / palaces built by Ludwig II, Herrenchiemsee nearer to Munich and Linderhof, a real treat.

  13. Very informative post. Its very interesting to read. Images are looks beautiful. visit at the Neuschwanstein castle Bavaria Germany becomes the must. On the earth, so many castles are available but this one is unique and as well as amazing that is boardered with fabulous beauty all around.

  14. Patty Valdes 06.30.2010

    Thanks for the review, I'm going to visit the castle with my boyfriend by the end of July, so after reading and seeing your beautiful pictures, I'm more than excited! can't wait to be there! ;)

  15. Marie Therese Smith 06.28.2010

    Been here… it's just gorgeous. The hike up was such a trek, though. I walked it, while my companion took the horse and buggy 1/2 way up. STEEP doesn't even begin to describe, but it was AWESOME! The views were truly amazing. Thanks for sharing interior shots.

  16. nate 01.12.2012

    actually most of the inside of the castle is unfinished. Only a few of the rooms are actually finished and decorated. Pretty dissapointing. But the castle itself is absolutely amazing!

  17. MuseumChick 01.17.2012

    Hi Nate- I thought is was amazing also, unfinished and all. Thanks for your comment!