During my 1984 visit to Schloss Neuschwanstein with my parents, we walked around the side of the castle after the tour of the interior to hike to the distant Marienbrücke over the Pöllat Gorge.
The hiking route that we followed provided excellent views of the side and back of Schloss Neuschwanstein along the way.
Pictures are often softened with foliage in the foreground which I tried to do here, with a pretty satisfying result.
The result wasn’t as good in this picture because the amount of leaves in the foreground actually obscures the object of the picture – Schloss Neuschwanstein.
The Marienbrücke over the Pöllat Gorge is in the upper right hand corner of this picture, spanning a deep and narrow gorge with a waterfall far below it.
The Marienbrücke over the Pöllat Gorge is more centered in this photo, showing why Crown Prince Maximilian II of Bavaria (Ludwig II’s father) wanted to visit and enjoy this spectacular site.
This is the view of the waterfall as seen from the Marienbrücke spanning Pöllat Gorge – the bridge isn’t recommended for those who are afraid of heights.
I’m standing on the Marienbrücke in this photo with Schloss Neuschwanstein in the distance – this was the best viewing angle of the castle that you could easily reach by foot.
Here’s Schloss Neuschwanstein in an unobstructed view from the Marienbrücke, with the Alpine plain and lakes in the distance.
A similar view of Schloss Neuschwanstein, but the clouds are slightly different in the sky in this picture.
A partial view of Schloss Neuschwanstein from the Marienbrücke – I wanted to get a vertical perspective in this photo.
An extended view of the left half of Schloss Neuschwanstein, showing the beautiful surroundings and views from the castle.
An extended view of the right side of Schloss Neuschwanstein – the location couldn’t have been a more idyllic setting.
I took this picture from one of Schloss Neuschwanstein’s upper windows during the interior tour, which shows a portion of Hohenschwangau Village along the edge of an Alpine lake.
Another view from Schloss Neuschwanstein’s upper window, showing the edge of one of the castle’s porch pillars, looking towards Hohenschwangau Village on the edge of an Alpine lake.
This mountain view from Schloss Neuschwanstein demonstrates how rugged the Alps are, as they rise up out of the surrounding Alpine plain to the north.
Schloss Hohenschwangau in pale yellow stands in sharp contrast with the dark green forest, as seen from Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Schloss Hohenschwangau was built in 1829 by Crown Prince Maximilian (Ludwig II’s father), who later became King Maximilian II of Bavaria.
Schloss Hohenschwangau was built in a neogothic style, but Ludwig II stated in a letter to Richard Wagner in 1868 that Schloss Neuschwanstein would be built in the, “authentic style of the old German knights’ castles.”
In the shadow of this picture you can see Schloss Neuschwanstein from the lower castle, Schloss Hohenschwangau; which was Ludwig II’s childhood home.