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Submitted on Jun 23, 2019 Useful Info

How to avoid crowds at Neuschwanstein Castle

Given that Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the top tourist attractions in Europe, it's difficult to avoid crowds. But there are things you can do to minimize the crowds you have to deal with:

  • Go during low season:
  • Summer months from June to August are usually the peak season for visiting Neuschwanstein. Avoid them if possible
  • The least busy months are from November to March


  • Book your tickets ahead of time:
  • The biggest crowd you'll come across is going to be at the ticket office. I had to wait about 30 minutes to get mine
  • If you already book your ticket ahead of time, you can use the much-shorter line to pick up your ticket at the office. That line is only 5-10 minutes usually
  • Another benefit of booking online is that tickets can be sold out in the summer months. So if you don't have a reservation and hoping to buy ticket on the day of your visit, you might not be able to actually get one
  • You can book tickets through their official site https://neuschwanstein.de


  • Visit early morning or late afternoon:
  • The castle opens at 9am and closes at 6pm
  • The busiest time of the day is between 10:30am and 4pm. This is the time that day-tour buses from Munich starts arriving and with them busloads of tourists from all over the world
  • If you want to visit early in the morning, consider staying in a hotel in the town of Hohenschwangau (right below the castle where the ticket office is) or Füssen (10-minute bus ride away)
  • After 4pm, people start to head back, and the lines become shorter everywhere


  • Avoid Friday - Sunday
  • Friday-Sunday is the most common times to visit the castle
  • Bus operators and trains offer more transports on these days to the castle from Munich than any other day of the week
  • So it's a good idea to avoid these days