On a list I saw a handful of months ago that offered the author’s thoughts on the most over-hyped tourist attractions in the world, Neuschwanstein Castle was included rather high up on the list (as was Iceland’s Blue Lagoon, which I’ll talk about shortly). Did I let that stop me from renting a car for our trip to Germany and buying tickets to tour it? Absolutely not. You know why? Because some places are thronged by tourists for a reason … which is usually because they’re so darn gorgeous you have to see them. And you know what? Neuschwantstein, in my opinion, is one of those places.
We were supremely lucky with the weather when we visited Munich in the autumn. It was post-Oktoberfest so the crowds were manageable, and the weather was still rather mild and temperate for the season. And as you can see from the photos below, we had a beautiful, sunny (but brisk) day for our drive along the Romantic Road out to this fairytale castle at the base of the German Alps. The tour of the castle itself is rather short, but we enjoyed getting to know about Mad Ludwig and his trip to Crazy Town. There’s really not a whole lot else to do out at Neuschwanstein if you go in the autumn, but it’s a great way to spend an afternoon if you’re looking to see the countryside and spend some time outside of Munich’s city center. We took the horse-drawn carriage ride to the top and walked down when we were finished. You *can* walk up the hill if you’d like, but I wouldn’t recommend it unless you’re in excellent health and don’t mind being sweaty. Me? I hate sweat.