It’s now the middle of the winter and since I regularly visit the famous Neuschwanstein Castle, I thought I would share with you a few bits of information which may be helpful to you if visiting in the winter.
First of all, Neuschwanstein is located two hours southwest of Munich. The fastest and easiest way to get there is by taking the regional trains, which is what most tours use to reach the castle. To get the most of your trip I would highly recommend taking a tour, but whether on your own or with a tour you should remember a few things:
- There are very few places to stay warm down near Neuschwanstein in the winter (even in the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle)
- It gets dark quite early so you should plan to leave by 5pm when the temperatures really start dropping
- Be prepared for snow and ice, although you also have to be prepared for almost freezing rain more often than not.
- There is only one road open from the village of Hohenschwangau and the castle itself and it may be dangerous to try your luck on any of the others.
- The famous Marienbrucke (Mary’s bridge) is closed in the winter and it is illegal to go there. However, hundreds of tourists jump three large barricades to get there for the view. There is no secret legal way of doing it. Do this at your own risk!