At the bottom of the mountain you can take a horse drawn carriage to visit Schloss Neuschwanstein, but we decided to walk through paths in the forest instead.
As you climb in elevation the views across the Alpine plain just north of Schloss Neuschwanstein open up to reveal an idyllic countryside.
It was a perfect day for visiting the most famous castle in the world, and the castle that Walt Disney first used as an example for his original Disneyland castle – “Sleeping Beauty Castle.”
The climb up to Schloss Neuschwanstein takes a while, but the view continues to open up to distant Alpine lakes on the horizon.
As you wind up the mountain, either on the road or through the forest on various trails, you continue to catch glimpses of the beautiful view through the trees.
Finally Schloss Neuschwanstein appears through the trees, towering above you at a great height as you approach.
Cast in shadow, the castle is as awe inspiring and even more beautiful than first imagined.
Schloss Neuschwanstein is the result of pure genius that was interpreted for madness and lunacy when Ludwig II began to build it.
Throughout history, certain inspirations like “The Eiffel Tower” and “The Gaudi Sagrada Familia Cathedral” were only recognized by the public years later for their sheer works of genius – as was the case with Schloss Neuschwanstein – one of the most visited castles in the world.
Pure genius often goes unrecognized by the world, until much later when the dream and dedication of the creator can’t be overlooked any longer.
This tower of light limestone stands in beautiful contrast with the deep blue Bavarian sky on a picture perfect day.
Approaching the Gateway Building’s entrance, the interior courtyard of Schloss Neuschwanstein’s outer walls are first seen.
Standing in the Gateway Building’s arched entrance passage, Schloss Neuschwanstein’s courtyard reveals itself in the brilliant Bavarian sunshine.
With towers and turrets piercing the deep blue sky, the sight is amazing to see – as is the tour of the interior – but no pictures are allowed inside the castle.
After our tour of Schloss Neuschwanstein’s interior and the extensive courtyard, we decide to walk around the castle grounds and hike to the distant Marienbrücke over the Pöllat Gorge – which will be shown in the next set of pictures.