The perfect fall day at Neuschwanstein Castle

The perfect fall day at Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Walt Disney – they all knew and loved Neuschwanstein Castle.

You should too.

A few weeks ago, my friends and I visited the mad King Ludwig’s beautiful digs on our way home from Oktoberfest. It was a crisp Autumn day, midweek and most certainly, the best day we could have ever picked to see the castle. Just one of those fall perfect days, you know?

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Upon arrival we opted out of the bumpy bus ride up to the castle for the easy-peezy trail through the forest.  Once we got to the top we made our way past the castle to the Marie’s Bridge for the best view of the castle and so I could secure the shot.

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While we trudged up the last few hundred feet of the path Emily and I were giddy with excitement while the boys attempted to conceal their enthusiasm. Far below us King Ludwig’s other castles came into view.

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Winding our way further up to the bridge, the views of the Alps and valley below are nothing short of marvelous. Coupled with the fall colors, I was at the pinnacle of snap happy.

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Ta-da! Perhaps the easiest place in Germany to capture your own postcard shot, the views from Marie’s Bridge is most likely my favorite thing about the castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

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After snapping the classic scenes, Dan and I found a small trail leading up the mountain on far side of bridge for another angle. Thankfully there we found fellow adventurous tourists up there to capture this shot –

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Afterwards we skittered back down across the bridge to our more rational travel companions. Nearby the sweetest elderly German man was busy painting sweet little illustrations of the castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

The setting was too perfect – his hat, the beautiful and simple little illustrations. Emily and I sprang a mere 8E each to take home our own.

Before heading back down the mountain and run back to the bridge for just onnnne more shot. Because, you know, the light had changed… a little.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Although Neuschwanstein is an absolute beauty on the outside, inside it isn’t exactly magical. King Ludwig actually only spent 11 nights there before dying. Instead of taking a tour, Emily and I ordered for hot teas served in cute souvenir castle mugs (of course) and enjoyed the view of the valley below.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

After our visit we headed to our hotel in nearby Fussen and washed up for dinner.

TripAdvisor pointed us to a funky little restaurant called Gastof Krone for traditional German food in kitschy medieval setting, complete with a Robin Hood-like ‘servant’, mead and bibs for guests. The food was decent but the setting made the day all the more memorable.

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Afterwards Nick attempted to shackle Emily in the town square but instead aided in the creation of their 2014 Christmas card!

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Hugs to Nick and Emily for being the best travel buddies we could ever dream of!

Note: Neuschwanstein Castle is indeed a stunning sight but here’s the thing, save yourself from the nightmarish cloud of tourists and go midweek in the off season. I experienced the tour bus freak fest during my previous visit and had an incredibly different experience. I’m so glad I went back.

  • Brianna DePauw

    Gorgeous, Gorgeous, Gorgeous. I didn’t know he only spent 11 nights there, that’s so interesting.

    • Thanks so much Brianna! I agree, isn’t that nuts? Poor guy!

  • Isn’t Neuschwanstein castle gorgeous?! We were likely there at almost the same time- I also stopped there after my time at Oktoberfest. I didn’t get to check out the town of FΓΌssen much, as we just made it a day trip from Munich.

    • I bet we were! If you spotted 4 slightly disheveled Americans walking around, that was us. Wow, Oktoberfest is amazing, right?

  • Absolutely gorgeous photography and the food in the end looks awesome!! Neuschwanstein Castle has been on my list of destinations for a very long time. And even though I’m not that far away (I live in Mostar, Bosnia and Herzegovina) I haven’t managed to visit, even though I have been to Germany a couple of times. All in all I really enjoyed reading your post!

    Mersad Donko Photography

    • Thanks so much Mersad! I appreciate all your kind words. I’m incredibly interested in your area of the world and actually hoping to make a trip in 2015. If you have any recommendations for top things to see please let me know. πŸ™‚

      • I actually have lots of recommendations. I recently did a 5 Best Places to visit in Herzegovina post on my blog where you will find some of the must see locations in the southern part of the country (which is the most visited actually). Then there is the capital city Sarajevo, where there is lots to see and experience. If your trip happens, feel free to contact me, and I can maybe help you out with more.

        Mersad Donko

        • Thanks so much! I’ll definitely pocket you post and be sure to reach out when the time comes. πŸ˜€

  • I’m going to try and visit with some snowfall….hoping we get a sunny day!! Postcard mania!!

    • Ohhhh my word! I’m going to cross my fingers for you – I’d loveeee to see your photos from a visit with a light dusting of snow!!

  • The slow pace

    Beautiful pictures!!! I’ve still haven`t been to that castle!

    • Soon! You just must – you’d LOVE it! πŸ˜€

  • One of those places high, high up on my bucket list! It looks so stunning in photos (great job btw πŸ™‚ ) I can’t imagine what it looks like in real life. Are there towns to stay in nearby or is it more of a day-trip distance for traveling?

    • Thanks so much Elle! Nearby is the little town of Fussen which is definitely worth a visit. Better yet though, it’s an easy day trip from Munich. πŸ™‚

      (PS your blog title is amazing!)

  • Beautiful photos! Looks like you guys had a wonderful trip! I first visited there when I was about 5 or 6 years old and I remember being so impressed and wanted to move in right away! haha
    Did you know that Ludwig II never saw it completely finished? He died 6 weeks before I think. How sad, right?

    • That is SO sad, I agree. I can certainly understand why you’d have an obsession as a kid, especially if you liked Disney princesses half as much as I did. πŸ™‚ It is definitely a very special place!

  • My husband and I are moving to Germany next year (from Tanzania) so I’m soaking up as many touristy tips as possible for when we get there. This looks magical, and your photos only act in making it look more beautiful.

    • Oh wow! You’ve got an amazing story. As I’m sure you are already aware, I’d imagine there’s going to be quite a bit of culture shock coming from Tanzania but I think you’ll love it.

  • so beautiful! we had to take Germany off our list for next year because we just weren’t going to have the time / money. I’m so glad, because we were going in Summer, and my plan is now to make a trip in the offseason just to Germany and maybe one other country.

    • Ohhh I love that plan especially if you coincide your visit with the Christmas markets! I vote you tag Austria on with Germany – she’s a beaut!

  • That picture of you and Dan with the castle in the background, stunning!

    • Thanks! Dan seems to think he’s standing “a little too upright” but it definitely looks pretty awesome – we look green screened almost. Ha

  • Nina

    Need to go there right now! How amazing!! Your pictures are stunning. I love that the Google Map calls it a “hilltop fairytale castle”…it seems like it’s on much more than a hilltop.

    • Haha, I didn’t even notice – how funny! Oh Google, you crack me up sometimes. (Now I sound like such a nerd…)

  • How breathtaking! And yummy eats afterward! What a perfect day!

    • Agreed! A lovely little day indeed! πŸ™‚

  • gosh, those photo’s are stunning! i’m going there next week, can’t waaaait!
    xo, cheyenne

    • YAY! You’re going to have the best time! I’ll cross my fingers for a dusting of snow, I bet that’d make it literally right out of a fairytale. πŸ˜€

  • straight out of a fairytale! it looks so dreamy, especially with all the fall colors. you have a lovely subject but your photography is amazing as usual πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much Jamie, you are always so flattering when it comes to my pictures. πŸ˜€

  • Lovely! I’ve always wanted to go here because of just how perfectly fairy tale it looked! x

    • Yay, without a ton of other tourists around it was a fairytale visit! πŸ˜€

  • This has been the number one castle on my list for years!!! Thanks for the tips!

    • Of course! It’s such a beautiful place isn’t it?!

  • I definitely agree that a mid-week visit can make or break the experience. Although the interior isn’t quite as stunning as the exterior, I think a tour of the inside is still worth the price of admission, especially since English tours are available. I loved the little theater part of the castle.

    • Yeah, I agree it’s definitely interesting. Ludwig was quite a character wasn’t he? I think our post-oktoberfest selves just weren’t up for it. πŸ˜€

      • Ahhh the secret is revealed. πŸ˜‰ I’m impressed y’all had the stamina to climb up all that way!

        • Haha! You know, had to sweat it out a little and promise a big greasy dinner at the end!

  • It is lovely! Thanks for the tip of visiting off season and midweek

    • Absolutely! Although I’m a tourist more than a local, I have a thing against swarms of other tourists, if you know what I mean. πŸ™‚

  • Wow, it looks beautiful – like something out of a fairytale! And the countryside all around is just as gorgeous.


    Sometime Traveller

    • I agree! It’s SUCH a stunning place! I hope you’re able to see it firsthand sometime soon! πŸ˜€

  • Isn’t it just beautiful? We went just about 10 years ago! We had the best apple dessert somewhere below the castle, too. When we go again, we’ll have to go up that trail that you did! Stunning views!!

    • I agree – sooo beautiful! It’s such a special place that I’m sure neither of us will not soon forget! Also – I’m nuts for apple strudel so I bet that the dessert you had was soo yummy!

  • Your photos are gorgeous! This is on my list of places to visit in Europe, someday.

    • Thanks so much dear – yes, it’s definitely bucket list worthy. Europe has a knack for filling up everyone’s bucket lists with beautiful places just about everywhere, doesn’t it? πŸ™‚

  • Love this castle!!! Thanks for sharing!

    • Thanks so much dear!

  • Ahhh I totally have been meaning to visit this castle before I leave Germany! Your photos look like a real life storybook, Margo!

    • Thanks so much sweetie! I’m sure you’ll be down there soon enough and will have lovely pictures as well! πŸ˜€


    It is lovely! I want to visit it

  • Wow, incredible shots of the castle! I’ve always thought the history behind it was so interesting!

  • This castle is the most beautiful castle in the world and I need to see it!

    x Kate

  • I’m going there next year with my Mum and I’m so excited! Your photos are amazing! It does look cold though πŸ™‚