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The Fairytale Castle

Neuschwanstein Fairytale Castle

Winter is the perfect time to visit Bavaria. Munich is a wonderful city at any time of year, but it is especially charming with a light frosting of snow and the mulled wine or “Glühwein” is flowing freely. Of course there are the obligatory Christmas markets, but there is another gem that shines brightly under the cover of snow.

Where to Find the Fairytale Castle in Germany

Two hours south of Munich, along the border with Austria, is the small village of Schwangau. This small village features one of the greatest attractions in all of Europe: Neuschwanstein.

About Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein is perhaps the most impressive castle in all of Germany, and if it looks familiar there is good reason for that. It is said that the castle was the inspiration for the fairytale castle at Disneyworld. The castle itself is relatively new and was only completed in 1892. The architects emulated the Gothic style, but as castles go, this one is a newborn.

Neuschwanstein is perched on a hill that overlooks the pastoral countryside and rolling hills of Southern Bavaria. When you reach the base of the hill you have several options to reach the top. You can walk up the hill, which is the option I chose. Although it is not the most demanding hike, I would not recommend it for those with small children or older travelers. There are also shuttle buses that run from the parking lot at the base of the hill. This is not the most romantic option, but it is probably the warmest in the winter. The third option, and the one I wish I had chosen, is to be taken up the hill by horse drawn carriage. Being delivered to the castle steps in this manner is sure to be a memory that will last forever.

Once you reach the castle you can wander around the grounds and take a guided tour. I highly recommend you allot time for both. Neuschwanstein is definitely worth an entire day of exploring.

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