How to visit Neuschwanstein Castle by train
Neuschwanstein Castle is Germany’s most famous castle. Located just under 2.5 hours from Munich, the castle is easy to visit by train. Neuschwanstein receives more than 1.3 million visitors per year, and it provided the inspiration for the castle in Sleeping Beauty, which is why it’s often referred to as the Disney Castle. Equally intriguing is King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who built the castle in 1869 as a personal refuge but died mysteriously before its completion. A visit to Neuschwanstein gives you a glimpse into the mind of the eccentric king. You can decide for yourself whether he was mad or just highly imaginative.
How to get from Munich to Füssen
Your journey starts at München Hbf, Munich’s central station. The train from Munich to Füssen takes just over an hour, and mountain peaks and cows grazing on slopes greet you as you approach your destination. Trains leave every hour and require no reservation.
Buses will carry you on from Füssen station. Ride line RVA/OVG 73 in the direction of Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen or line RVA/OVG 78 in the direction of Schwangau. From both buses, leave at the Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße stop. The ride takes 8 minutes and costs 2.30 Euro each way. Once you reach the village of Hohenschwangau, it’s about a 30-minute walk to Nueschwanstein castle.
If you’re traveling with your bags, there is luggage storage at Füssen station.
Additional info about visiting Neuschwanstein Castle
Before you make the trek up to Neuschwanstein castle, remember to buy the 12-Euro ticket at the ticket center in Hohenschwangau – it’s not possible at the castle itself. If you’re a castle or royalty buff, consider a combi-ticket, which includes Hohenschwangau Castle and the Museum of the Bavarian Kings for 29.50 Euro.
It’s a good idea to buy your ticket online if you plan to visit during the busy summer months. The reservation fee is 1.80 Euro, but it guarantees entry and helps you avoid the long wait to enter the castle. (A friend of mine recently waited five hours in line.)
3 other things to do in Füssen
If you’ve got a whole day in Füssen, consider the following after visiting the castle:
Tour Hohenschwangau Castle
The childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Although the castle only dates back to the 19th century, it’s built on the remains of a 12th-century fortress. Admission is by guided tour only.
Get lost in Füssen’s old town
The Altstadt dates back more than 700 years and is the southernmost point on the Romantic Road route. Highlights include The Hohes Schloss, a well-preserved late gothic castle complex, and the 8th-century Benedictine Monastery of St. Mang.
Hike or bike in the Bavarian Alps
Füssen is surrounded by mountain peaks, and the surrounding region boasts 1500 km (935 miles) of well-marked cycling trails. It’s a perfect place to get off the beaten path and explore.
Accommodation in Füssen
There are a number of low-cost options for staying in Füssen:
- Youth Hostel Füssen – located a 10-minute walk from the train station.
- Nr 12 Bed & Breakfast (formerly Happy Sleep House) – a budget-friendly guest house that provides Bavarian style accommodation.