3. Purchase Your Tickets In Advance
If you plan to see the interior of the castle (and are skimming through this article), slow down and read this section very carefully.
Can you go inside Neuschwanstein Castle? Yes, but you can only purchase tickets to Neuschwanstein Castle at the Hohenschwangau ticket center. Do NOT head up the steep hill to the white palace without tickets in hand if you plan to tour the castle’s interior. If you have limited mobility, be sure to read this before you plan your visit to the 19th-century castle, as there are about 300 steps to climb inside.
Can you visit Neuschwanstein Castle without a tour? Visitors can only see the inside of Neuschwanstein Castle as part of a guided tour at a fixed admission time. There are limited tickets available each day, so be sure to plan ahead, especially when visiting Neuschwanstein Castle during peak travel periods. Tickets can be purchased online at least 2 days in advance of your visit, and you will want to allow ample time (up to 90 minutes) to pick up your tickets. If you miss your timed entry (and Germans come by their reputation for being precise honestly), your spot may be given to another visitor, and your tour may not be rebooked.
Once inside, your 30-minute guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle will wind through 14 rooms of the 65,000-square-foot castle, including the throne room, dining room, bedroom, dressing room, study, grotto, and conservatory.
Pro Tip: There is no fee to tour the outside of Neuschwanstein Castle, so if there aren’t any tickets available on the day you visit, you can still explore the grounds and see the castle’s exterior.