We visited Neuschwanstein Castle on a three-day weekend trip to Munich and Salzburg by taking the train from Munich to Fussen, which took about two hours. Then, we took the bus into Schengau for a couple Euros.
As soon as we got off the bus, we ran to get hot chocolate to warm up and feel cozy. I noticed a sign offering horse-drawn carriage rides up to the castle, which sounded like the perfect transportation to a fairytale castle. I will never forget sipping on my hot chocolate with Christopher and our friends, watching the snow lightly falling as Neuschwanstein Castle came into view. I could have sat in that carriage all day snapping photos of Neuschwanstein. The exterior is so stunning, and there is nothing like seeing it for the first time. The horse-drawn carriage only dropped us off halfway to the castle, but it wasn’t a long walk to get to the top of the hill.
We took the tour of the inside of the castle, but honestly, I wouldn’t recommend it. King Ludwig II died (under mysterious circumstances) before the inside was completed, so there isn’t much to see. I did think it was interesting to learn more about King Ludwing II and his obsession with swans (there are swans all over the castle) and Richard Wagner (my favorite part of the castle were the frescoes depicting scenes from Richard Wagner’s operas).
Other than the ride to the castle, my favorite part of the day was taking photos from the Marienbrücke (Queen Mary’s Bridge), which offers seriously stunning views of Neuschwanstein Castle. The bridge was a little high and not the best for my fear of heights, but it was worth it to get some of my favorite photos from our time in Europe (Let's just ignore my messy travel hair and that our friends didn't know how to use my DSLR, so the photos of us are blurry, shall we?).
We capped off the fairytale by warming up at a café with mulled wine and wiener schnitzel before heading off for more adventures in Munich.