|Hohenschwangau Castle It's fairly easy to walk to this castle.|
The guide's cryptic sentences state the obvious, but don't reveal the truth which is, as far as I can tell from research, that someone murdered the king and killed the psychiatrist who witnessed the murder.
|You will wait for your group's number to be posted to the right of this garden at Hohenschwangau Castle.|
David and I were not immune to their Siren song, but I wish we'd had someone give us the advice I'm about to give you. Really, the most interesting castle to see is Ludwig's ancestral home, Hohenschwangau Castle. The tour is thorough, you see most of the rooms, and you learn the fascinating history of this family. While the Neuschwanstein Castle inspired Disney's theme park castles, and looks the epitome of the definition, "castle," it is much more beautiful on the outside than the inside. Don't bother touring it.
If you drive to the castles, go past the first three parking lots, through the touristy part of the village, and past the ticket office to the fourth parking lot down a small hill on your right next to the lake. This involves the least amount of hiking/time to get to the ticket office. You pay the same amount, €5, at all four lots.
While it's fairly easy to walk to Hohenschwangau Castle, if you want to see Neuschwanstein to take pictures, you will face a logistical challenge. Unless you enjoy hiking uphill for what seems like a mile or two, you will want to follow this advice for the cheapest and easiest way to approach the castle.
Take the bus (€1.80) to the top and walk to Mary's Bridge for the best picture-taking opportunity. Then follow signs to walk downhill (600 meters) to the castle and ask directions for the horse-drawn carriages, again a short walk downhill. Apparently the bus and carriages drop off/pick up at different places to avoid congestion. By taking the bus up and the carriage back, you will have only short downhill walks to transportation.
|Nine or ten people can fit in each carriage. The cost is €3.|