Five kilometers separate the Neuschwanstein Castle, built in the Free German State of Bavaria, from the Austrian border. The nearest settlement is the village of Hohenschwangau, situated 3 km away from Füssen and 8 km away from the exit to Füssen on the A7 motorway. From here, one would need to drive 120 km to reach Munich and 220 km to reach Stuttgart.
How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle from Munich
One can resort either to public transportation or a private vehicle.
Before you start out, enter in the navigator the coordinates of your ultimate destination: 47° 33′ 20.0484» N and 10° 44′ 9.7800» E. Take the A7 motorway and opt for either of these two variants:
- Use the Kempten exit to switch to the B12 motorway that leads to Marktoberdorf. Keep driving on the B16 motorway. Switch to B17 which leads to Schwangau and Hohenschwangau.
- Proceed till the very end of the A7 motorway following the Ulm-Kempten-Füssen orientation. When you find yourself at Füssen, turn to B17. Drive till Schwangau, where the signposts would indicate to the travelers the way to Hohenschwangau.
In both cases, you should park your vehicle in the rural settlement of Hohenschwangau. All the local parking facilities are private.
Please stick to the subsequent route:
- Board a train to Füssen
- Switch over to the bus to Neuschwanstein
- Get off at the «Hohenschwangau Neuschwanstein Castles, Schwangau» stop
Several companies organize guided bus trips from the city center. Please ask them in advance: is the Neuschwanstein Castle visit included in the excursion or not? Some of them allow the tourists to admire the historical building only from the outside.
How to get to Neuschwanstein Castle from the parking
From the parking in Hohenschwangau, one can reach this landmark on foot, in a horse-driven carriage, on a bike or in a shuttle bus.
One would need to walk approximately 1500 m up the hill. The path is steep so please wear comfortable shoes. It would take approximately half an hour to reach the goal after departing from the ticket sales point.
In a Horse-Driven Carriage
These depart from Hotel Müller, Alpseestraße, Hohenschwangau. Please do not expect to directly reach the walls of the historic building for the lack of space. The horses have to turn back halfway, while their passengers would be required to walk up the hill for a maximum of 15 minutes (approximately 450 m).
One can purchase the tickets right from the driver. They cost €7 for an uphill trip and €3.50 for the opposite direction. The drivers do not accept reservations. They do not stick to a specific timetable and depart once the vehicle fills up.
This means of transportation is available at any season if the weather permits. It is managed by independent organizations and not the Bavarian Palace Administration. For further updates, check www.hohenschwangau.de.
Pedestrians would use Neuschwansteinstraße — this is the name of the principal road that leads to the tourist attraction. Vehicles might take it exclusively after obtaining the permit from the Neuschwanstein Castle administration. A special path was constructed for cyclists: it branches off the principal one after approximately 100 m.
These depart from the P4 parking, located beneath Hohenschwangau Palace, and can not bring their passengers directly to the ancient walls. Instead, they head to the elevated Jugend observation platform (Marienbrücke) via Bleckenaustraße. Then, one would need to walk for a maximum of 15 minutes down the path.
A two-way bus ticket costs €3. Otherwise, one would need to pay €2.50 for a trip uphill and €1.5 when moving in the opposite direction. One can purchase the tickets right from the driver.
The drivers do not accept reservations. They do not stick to a specific timetable and depart once the vehicle fills up.
This means of transportation is available at any season, as long as the weather permits. It is managed by independent organizations and not by the Bavarian Palace Administration. For further updates, check www.hohenschwangau.de.