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Neuschwanstein late afternoon or early morning

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Neuschwanstein late afternoon or early morning

Driving from Salzberg to Fussen July 4, 2013. Trying to decide if we should visit Neuschwanstein Castle late afternoon on Thursday the 4th or early morning Friday July 5th. Can anyone tell me how bad the crowds are late afternoon in the summer? Would it be better to reserve tickets for first tour on Friday morning or will some of the lines have died down if we wait and do a tour around 5pm on Thursday? Thanks for any insight!

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1. Re: Neuschwanstein late afternoon or early morning

I would recommend going first thing in the morning. Not sure how busy it would be at 5:00, but likely busier than at 9:00. Definitely reserve your tickets in advance. I personally think it's overrated compared to other castles and here's why: monkeysandmountains.com/neuschwanstein-castl… I totally get why people want to visit it, but it's good to keep your expectations in check. If you're interested in visiting King Ludwig's castles, I highly recommend Schloss Herrenchiemsee - it cost more than Neuschwanstein and Linderhof combined and is based on Versaille. It's also busy, but you take a boat ride to get to it and it makes for a really nice outing.

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2. Re: Neuschwanstein late afternoon or early morning

I agree you should definitely reserve your tickets ahead of time. If you reserve for the first available slot on Friday morning, then on Thursday you could use your time to explore the area without worrying about being on time. Lines for same day tickets are very long; the line for already reserved tickets is almost non existent. Fuessen itself is a nice little town and worth exploring. Also since you will have a car, you might want to see Linderhof (another one of Ludwig's palaces) and the amazing rococo wonder the Wieskirche, on the UNESCO world heritage list.



I also agree that Lake Chimsee with its palace is worth a visit. The Hall of Mirrors there seems to stretch on forever. My teenaged daughter and I liked it, with the lake, better than Neuschwanstein.

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3. Re: Neuschwanstein late afternoon or early morning

We went to Neuschwanstein in Dec lst yr. We had prebooked our tickets so there was no problem for us, but the line for non booked tickets was immense at 9am in the morning. The queues got longer as the day went on, so I would go for the morning and definetely prebook.

We saw Hohenschwangau, Neuchwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein was my personal favourite, although I am glad I saw all of them. Herrenchiemsee is lovely, but it is based on Versaille, so if you have already been to Versaille it will feel quite familiar.

Fussen is a lovely place, well worth visiting if you can.

Edited: 16 June 2013, 06:08
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Is it possible to see Neushwanstein Castle and maybe Linderhof palace in 11 hours layover in Munich during my trip from NYC to Poland on July 20th? I land at 10:15am and have flight out at 9:25pm. I noticed all tours are starting around 8-9am from Munich. Would you know of any other options? I would love to see both castles if there is possibility without too much of expense. Thanks for reading my question



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