Neuschwanstein Castle looks like it’s popped straight out of a fairytale. Therefore, it’s not surprising that Walt Disney used it as his inspiration for Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella’s castle. Because of it’s breath-taking beauty, it’s only natural to wish to take a million photographs of it (nope, just me then?) If you’ve been inspired to visit Neuschwanstein Castle from photos, it’s likely that the photos were taken from the famous viewpoint: St Mary’s bridge. One problem for me was that the bridge was closed whilst I was there and will continue to be closed until November (check the website for more details). I’m sure the bridge also gets incredibly busy so it’s worth thinking about alternative places to admire the castle even if the bridge is open when you visit.
I was disappointed as I had been so excited to see the castle in all its glory. I tried to find a blog post with different places to view the castle from but I couldn’t find many, hence why I’ve now created my own post detailing alternative views of the castle. Some are fairly obvious but some are points you may not have considered, like a cable car for example. As my friend, Lani, and I were staying in a town close by, it was easy to visit the castle more than once. We were in a hotel in Fussen and to get to the castle, all we had to do was hop on a bus (for free with our Fussen card from the hotel) and travel 10 minutes. We spent the whole of our first day around Neuschwannstein and Hohenschwangau Castle, exploring many of the trails and enjoying the Bavarian castles from different angles. We also visited the area again on our final day because we wanted to savour one last moment with the Bavarian fairytale. Here are my favourite view points we found:
Venture off the Footpath
This was the viewpoint that won me over. We noticed that there were a lot of people climbing over a wooden fence and up a hill located just before St Mary’s Bridge on the left. Considering that we were so near the bridge, this looked like the perfect opportunity for a spectacular view of Neuschwanstein Castle and that’s certainly what we got. I was completely breath-taken by the scene in front of me and, out of all the photos I’ve ever taken, this is the one I definitely want to hang in my one-day house. I could have spent hours just sat in this spot and admiring the fairytale scene in front of me.
Both Castles from Lake Alpsee
This lake is in between the two castles and, if you have the time, it’s well worth the walk around the perimeter which took us a couple of hours. From the other side of the lake, both Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle could be seen. I can understand why King Ludwig chose to build castles here, can you imagine a better location? I just wish I had taken my zoom lens with me to capture the castle closer. This scene looked even more wonderful to the eye.
Neuschwanstein Castle Through the Trees
If you take a right after St Mary’s Bridge there’s a path that goes downwards towards what appeared to be a dried up lake. Along the way, Neuschwanstein Castle regularly pops out the trees. The castle could not have looked more magical nestled in between the autumn leaves and they framed the photo perfectly. As you can see from the photo, that is St Mary’s Bridge. It wouldn’t have looked the same from this angle if it was covered with a train of people.
Neuschwanstein Castle from the Cable Car
From the cable car to Tegelberg Mountain there were great views of the castle. One thing I particularly loved about this view was that I could spot the lake behind the Neuschwanstein Castle making appear even more like a fairytale. Unfortunately, the lighting wasn’t the best at the time of our cable car so I couldn’t get a decent photo, but it gives you the idea and I still think it looks quite spectacular.
The Footpath towards St Mary’s Bridge
When walking away from the castle and towards the bridge, remember to turn around and enjoy the castle from a different angle. I noticed that most people walking this way didn’t realise that the castle was towering up behind them. Along this route were 360 degree views of both castles and the lake. Again, if only I had my zoom lens! I love the detail of the turrets that could be seen from this angle.
One More Idea…
If St Mary’s Bridge happens to be open when you visit, there is a hike which you can follow up to Tegelberg Mountain which I imagine must have incredible views of Neuschwanstein Castle. This is a hike which we were planning to walk and would have probably taken a few hours. Unfortunately, because of the bridge being closed and the fact that the path was closed due to fallen rocks, there was no chance of us completing the hike so I can’t recommend it personally. However, if I return one day, I’d like to try it. Fingers crossed for less construction next time!
Have you ever visited these castles and do you have any other ideas for where to photograph them?
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If you love castles and would like to read about a beautiful one in England, check out my post about Scotney Castle.