Neuschwanstein castle is located high above the village of Hohenschwangau in Germany and was the inspiration for the famous Disney castle we all know so well. Getting to the castle can be done by foot up the steep hill or by taking the shuttle bus that drops you almost at the top. Costs for the shuttle bus is 1.80 euros for one way or 2.60 euros for the return trip and it drops you about 20 minutes walk from the castle. I’d suggest getting the bus up the hill and then walking down to take in the view.
The best viewing spot to see Neuschwanstein castle is from Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) in my opinion, which is where this photo was taken. It offers the least obstructed view of the castle, but can be quite busy so be sure to pick your spot and wait out the other tourists as they seem to come in waves given the shuttle bus drops off just 5 minutes walk away.
Entrance to the castle will cost 12 euros and can only be done via guided tour. While I never took the tour, everyone I’ve spoken to said the guided tours feel rushed, and can be quite busy due to the sheer number of tourists that visit. If you really want to see the inside of the castle and pretend you’re in Disneyland then go for it, otherwise just enjoy the outside view and save your money.
Lastly there are some shops at the top of the hill next to the castle if you feel the need for a drink or snack. I’d suggest finding food at the bottom of the hill or in one of the nearby villages if you want your money to go further.