Neuschwanstein Castle Parking: Find the Best Spot

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Hohenschwangau, a small village near Schwangau and Fussen.

Parking is not allowed at the castle, and the roads leading to the castle are closed to avoid any traffic.

Parking next to the ticket counter is also prohibited.

You will have to make do with the space allotted at Hohenschwangau village.

While searching for the parking location, enter ‘Alpseestrasse’ in GPS navigation, and you will immediately see ways to reach the spot.

Here’s a handy guide for parking at Neuschwanstein Castle.

Neuschwanstein Parking Map

Neuschwanstein Parking Lot

Parking LotWhereabouts of the Parking spacesParking for vehicles
P1Car, mobile homes, and motorbikesCar and buses
P2Amid the  Schwangauer Road and Coleman RoadCar, mobile homes and motorbikes
P3Next to Restaurant Cafe KainzCar and motorbikes
P4Next to Lake AlpseeBuses and car

There are different spots for disabled visitors. There are three designated spots in the P2 parking lot.

Also, a parking spot for bicycles is located between the Alpsee parking lot and the Museum of the Bavarian Kings.

If you want to skip the entire parking hassle, book the guided Neuschwanstein Castle ticket with transport facilities.

Neuschwanstein Parking Price

Here are the approximate parking prices while visiting Neuschwanstein Castle:

VehiclesPriceFee Structure
Cars€ 10
Buses€ 30Price per day
Mobile homes and campers€ 13Up to 8 hours and additional hour cost € 1 and € 15 max
Motorbikes€ 3Rate per day

Neuschwanstein Parking to Castle Entrance

As you cannot drive up to the castle entrance, there are three ways to cover the remaining distance.

On Foot

You can easily cover the 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles) by walking uphill to Neuschwanstein Castle. It is a moderate to difficult walk.

It will take 40 minutes to cover the entire distance.

By Carriage

If you want a faster route, you can opt for the horse carriage that departs from Hotel Muller (Alpseestraße).

It will drop you at exactly 450 meters (0.2 miles) in 20 minutes from the entrance.

From there, you will have to walk uphill for ten minutes.

By Shuttle Bus

You will find the shuttle buses at the P4 (Alpsee) parking lot.

The bus will drop you off at Marienbrucke, from where you will have to cover the ten-minute journey on foot.

Learn more about how to reach Neuschwanstein Castle here.


Can I park at Neuschwanstein Castle?

You cannot park at Neuschwanstein Castle due to space constraints.

But you can park in the space allotted for car parks in Hohenschwangau village.

Can you visit Neuschwanstein Castle by car?

Yes, you can drive to the castle, which is also a convenient option if you do not want the hassle of public transport.

But you cannot drive up to the castle’s entrance directly. You will need to park in a public parking lot near it and traverse the remaining distance on foot, by carriage or a shuttle bus.

How long is the walk up to Neuschwanstein Castle?

It will take 40 minutes to cover the distance from the ticket counter to Neuschwanstein Castle.

But if you choose other available transport options, here’s the time duration breakdown:
– Shuttle Bus: 500 meters (10 minutes)
– Horse Carriage: 450 meters (10 minutes)

The carriage and the bus will drop you at the castle’s entrance.

Can I walk up to Neuschwanstein Castle without a ticket?

You can walk up to Neuschwanstein Castle for free.

But to tour the inside of the castle, you will need to purchase a guided tour.

How much time do I need for Neuschwanstein Castle?

The guided tour roughly takes about 35 minutes to complete. However, if you explore the surrounding area, the bridge etc, keep four to five hours for the Neuschwanstein Castle!

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