The first castle I came to know as I kid was Château Frontenac in Quebec City. A towering sight in the skyline of what is known as Vieux-Québec, it established my expectations of what a castle ought to be.
It took me a while to finally start taking day trips but my first has been to what people around work refer to as “Cinderella’s Castle” or Neuschwanstein Castle. It’s referred to as Cinderella’s castle at work but actually it was Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle that was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle. However, the castle was built as a vacation getaway for Ludwig II of Bavaria, who got to enjoy very little of it, as he died in a suspicious swimming incident shortly after the castle was finished. Tucked away in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany it’s a beautiful location to drive to for a day trip.
There’s plenty of parking available once you arrive to the village of Hohenschwangau below the castle from where you have the buy your tickets to enter the castle. Make sure you get your ticket before starting the walk up to the castle. If you don’t want to walk, you can take a bus or a horse drawn carriage. Once at the top, you’ll end up in line according to the time slot on your ticket for your tour. Be sure to select the English tour! The tour itself was okay…you’ll see a few different rooms of the castle but it’s not a very extensive tour however, it’s still worth going inside.
Once you are done inside, you must make sure to climb a little higher and make your way to the bridge where you get the real good picture of the full castle. You can also keep hiking all the way up the mountain for more beautiful landscape views.