Popularly known as the ' Disney Castle ', Castle Neuschwanstein is the most famous castle in Germany. It was this castle that inspired Walt Disney to create the iconic 'Sleeping Beauty' castle at Disneyland, California. Situated atop a rugged hill, in the Bavarian village of Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein is also in the list of the most visited monuments in Germany. It's charm attracts close to six million visitors every year and as many as six thousand visitors per day in the summer! King Ludwig II commissioned the Castle in honour of Richard Wagner, the man he greatly admired.
Getting here: From Munich Central station you need to board a train to Füssen. Once you get off just follow the crowd to the bus stop and take the bus to the ticket counter. If you are travelling in a group, I would recommend the Bayern ticket.
The way to the top of the hill is quite steep and you have the option to reach the castle either by foot, one of the horse carriages or a bus. During peak season the tickets to enter the castle can get sold out in the morning itself. So in case you plan to see the inside of the castle, It is recommended to buy a ticket through their website at least two days in advance.
Neuschwanstein Castle literally translates to 'New Swan Stone castle' in German and was initially called the New Hohenschwangau Castle when built. King Ludwig II spent most of his childhood at the Hohenschwangau Castle, and Neuschwanstein was supposed to be a grand replica of the same. Neuschwanstein's glory now shadows the older Hohenschwangau castle.