Carriage ride@Neuschwanstein

There are a few ways to reach Neuschwanstein Castle.

1. By walking – The route is steep uphill and winding but doable if you are fit (& young). It takes approximately 30 – 40 minutes.

2. By shuttle bus – A shuttle bus leaves from Schlosshotel Lisl. The fare is €1.8.

However, the shuttle bus does not stop at the castle but carries on to Marienbrucke (Queen Mary’s Bridge) which command the best view of the castle. From the bridge, the access to the castle is a steep 10-minutes downhill walk.

3. By horse drawn carriage – the carriage leaves from Hotel Müller and it costs €6 one way. The passengers are dropped off at the point where the castle is a little more than 5 minutes on foot. The ride lasts about 10 minutes.

A carriage departing to the castle…

We saw a shuttle bus departing early on with the passengers crammed like the sardines in a tin. Unless mum can sit, there is no way we can use the bus, I thought.

There was a longish queue for the ride in front of a souvenir shop next to Hotel Müller…

A variety of languages I overheard while we were waiting in the queue was truly international. German, English, Polish, French, Italian, Russian, Chinese, Thai, Indian and so on. Everyone there seemed to be itching to go up the mountain and see the magical castle of Ludwig II.

Some carriage drivers donned traditional Bavarian attire of leather short trousers, embroidered braces and a Tyrolean hat…

The appearance of the carriage drivers spoke loudly about how hardy those people were. Their faces were weathered by the sun and wind. And their physiques, especially their upper bodies, were well developed.

Their beautiful horses…

Unlike the ragged appearance of their masters, the horses were very well presented. Their sumptuous manes were combed immaculately, their heavily muscled bodies were glossy and their hooves were well-trimmed and oiled.

Even though all the horses appeared to be well looked after, some of them had to bear an extra burden…

A group of Polish tourists didn’t like to be split up and decided to pile on the same carriage even though the carriage was overloaded. The driver protested but the customer refused to come off, insisting he needed to be with his group. In the end, the driver relented and off they went. I felt really sorry for the horses.

The driver arguing with the passengers while we looked on…

Eventually, it was our turn and we were ferried toward the castle at a leisurely pace…

Ludwig II also travelled like this every time he visited his beloved castle. He saw the same scenery like we did.
We felt amazing.

We are almost there!

Kaori by Kaori Okumura

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