This post is way late BUT! The first weekend of December I got to do one of my top Germany bucket list items: Visit Neuschwanstein Castle!
Lance surprised me with a family trip down to Garmisch for his four day weekend. So we drove down on Friday and stayed at the Edelweiss Lodge. Now some real talk, if you’re going down to Garmisch, don’t stay at Edelweiss. It is just too expensive for what you get. The one highlight was that it’s an American hotel, so you get that type of experience and have restaurants on-site making meals are a no-brainer, but if we do this again, we won’t be staying there.
Now, onto the good stuff!
Saturday we left right after breakfast and made the drive over to Neuschwanstein. It’s about an hour drive from Garmisch, and you have two routes – South through Austria which saves you about 15 minutes or North staying in Germany. Since we didn’t have time to get our international drivers license, we stuck with the Germany route.
The first 15-20 minutes got a little sketchy as you go up this windy road on the side of a mountain and it has recently snowed, but it was also so pretty! Almost worth it haha
As you near the town of Hohenschwangau, where Neuschwanstein castle is you are on this flat road with mountains on your left. We made a turn and all of the sudden I screamed at Lance “OH MY GOD. THERE IT IS. THAT’S THE CASTLE”. I honestly didn’t think it was real until I saw it with my own two eyes – and even then it seemed a thing of fantasy.
When we got into town, we parked, bundle the heck up, and got our tour tickets. Then we faced the dilemma of how to get up to the castle. There’s a 30-45 minute walk up the mountain to the castle. Usually, there’s a shuttle you can take but it stops running is there’s snow or ice. So we had two options, make the walk up or ride one of the horse-drawn carriages. We opted for the carriage. First, it was too dang cold and two, we forgot the stroller for Joey in the hotel room. Sorry not sorry, we were not making this kid walk up to the castle in the cold.
Once we got up to the castle, we had about 10-15 minutes to wait for our tour time. Joey at this point was having none of it because of the cold. Thankfully we found an information center with a little sitting area that was heated, and we hung out in there.
Sadly, you can’t take pictures inside the castle. So you’ll have to take my word for it, it’s incredible. The level of detail that went into those rooms was incredible. The throne room was probably my favorite one, even though it’s missing the throne haha.
I did manage to snap this picture as we were walking out of the castle. It’s a bit crooked since I wasn’t supposed to have my phone out but look at that gorgeousness. It looks like a painting, but it’s real life.
Long story short, if you ever have the chance to go to Neuschwanstein Castle, as much as it’s a tourist trap as it is, DO IT. It is so beyond worth it. I’m already planning on going again when we have visitors. I can’t wait to go in warmer weather and go to the lookout to get some more pictures of the castle from far away.