We went to Neuschwanstein in December and was very chilly and cloudy but as the day was passing by the clouds were gone and was a beautiful blue sky.
The castle is astonishing and it is worth visiting. We didn’t go inside because for the last years we have visited quite a lot of castles, churches and kind of needed a break. Therefore we decided to save the money and spend on German beers!
The castle is located in Hohenschwangau Village, near Schwangau and Füssen (more info here), Germany. There is possible, if you go by car, to park it for around €6. It is well signed and well organised.
To visit it inside you will have to buy the ticket beforehand at the ticket office that is located in the Village or you can buy it online.
Here is the link for the ticket (in English): https://www.hohenschwangau.de/430.html
Even if you buy the ticket online, make sure you have at least 1 hour and a half from the time you arrive to the time of the tour, as there is usually a queue to pick the ticket up and to go up to the castle.
To go to the castle by foot is around 30 to 40 minutes in a steep uphill road or there is a shuttle bus and from where the bus stops you will be able to walk downhill for around 10-15 minutes.
Before going down to the castle, you can leave the bus and follow the signs for the Marienbrücke Bridge where you can take that classic photo with astonishing views of the whole castle. Unfortunately, when I went, the bridge was closed, however now it is opened to the public again.
The bus costs: uphill trip €2.50; downhill trip €1.50 or return trip €3.
We went by bus and came back on foot and was a lovely walk.
We stopped at the Schlossrestaurant on our way back to have a beer and to eat something.
Also in the village, there is another castle called Schloss Hohenschwangau and it has fantastic views of Neuschwanstein, the lakes and the town.
It is possible to buy combination tickets to see both castles and can be bought at the same ticket centre as the Neuschwanstein.
If you don’t buy the ticket, you can walk around in some parts of the garden and still enjoy the views anyway.
More information about Schloss Neuschwanstein: http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/howtoget.htm
I hope you have a lovely day! Xxx