Neuschwanstein at its prettiest

Travel Tips — By Mike Richardson on September 26, 2011 at 10:31 am

Millions of visitors come to Munich each year to see the famed fairytale castle of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.  As a tour guide that visits Neuschwanstein at least twice a week, a lot of people ask me what time of year they should visit.  My answer is simple:  every season of the year has its nearly perfect days, but my personal favorite is just after the Oktoberfest, when all the leaves are changing, the temperature is about 20C/68F, and there are very few tourists around.

I know what you’re thinking; you’re wondering why there would be no tourists in October.  Well, the Oktoberfest ends on the first weekend of October which means all of the tourists that were here for the festival leave very soon afterwards. Many of the tourists that are not interested in visiting the Oktoberfest stay away from Munich the entire month thinking that the Oktoberfest is held in October, which is of course not really the case, it just ends in October. It is an extremely abrupt end to the tourist season that shocks new tour guides every year.  This year, as an example, I would bet that by October 7th there will be hardly anyone here.

As of yesterday the leaves have started to change color down at Neuschwanstein which means just after the Oktoberfest is likely to be perfect for seeing the castle surrounded by a myriad of colors perfect for photos.

Before you head down to Neuschwanstein I would recommend having a look at the weather forecast (no, there is not a weather channel on German TV, use the internet) as Munich gets over 185 days of rain each year and that could ruin your chances of decent photos.

Neschwanstein is a 19th century palace built to look like a medieval castle and is located approximately 2 hours South-West from Munich.  It is best known as the inspiration for Disney’s sleeping beauty castle as well as from the movie “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.”



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