Since publishing my “Capturing Neuschwanstein” post a couple of months ago, in which I described how we found a great vantage point for photographing Neuschwanstein Castle while the Marienbrücke bridge was closed for renovations, I’ve had a number of people reach out to me to ask exactly how they might reach that particular viewing spot. As far as I know, the bridge is to remain closed until at least May of 2016.
Unfortunately, it was rather random that we even stumbled onto this spot to begin with, so I didn’t adequately document and photograph the path we took to get there. We actually quite surprised ourselves once we stepped up to the edge of the ridge and saw the castle before us.
After looking closely at some maps online and retracing our steps that day, I’ve come up with what I believe to be the spot from which we reached the ridge, located just above and to the left of the closed Marienbrücke bridge.
Let me begin by saying that I can in no way vouch for the safety of this particular spot. The look out point is not on an officially sanctioned trail, and you actually have to crawl through the slats of a wooden fence, and then up through an old decrepit pathway covered in leaves and plants that goes through a forest area. Once you get to the spot, it is very precariously perched at a very high altitude above the rocky Pöllat gorge, with a sheer drop straight down to the bottom. I can’t say how stable this little ridge is, so please take precautions and the utmost care should you decide to attempt going to this location on your own.
Now that we have disclaimers out of the way, let me give you a couple of photographs that help give you a context of where the ridge is located. This first photograph is pulled from Google images, and shows the spot as photographed by someone who was actually on the bridge before it closed.
If you look at Google maps, you can clearly see the Marienbrücke bridge marked, so this should help give you an idea of where we’re talking about.
Next is a view of the bridge taken from up on the ridge itself:
Taking these shots into consideration, and using my memory of the path we took, below is a map that should show you the approximate location of the viewing point and how to get there. Pardon my shitty map drawing skills.
The first part of the path is the main road that begins in the center of Schwangau that leads right to the front door of the castle. If you can’t find it, just follow the thousands of people pouring off the buses with selfie sticks in hand. Once you get off this main road, you’ll take a right down the trail you see marked on the map. At the point marked with a circle, the fence you must crawl through is not difficult, it has very wide openings and you simply have to duck down a little bit and lift your legs up over a wooden beam and you’re in. Once inside the fenced area, to your right will be a heavily wooded area. Walk along this area until you see a barely visible pathway that rises up into the woods there. That path will lead you directly to the spot, after just a couple minutes walk.
Be warned that we were there with no snow on the ground, so accessibility might vary depending on the weather conditions at the time of visit.
*Disclaimer* – I am simply describing the path we took, and am in no way condoning anyone to take this same path. Should you decide to do it, please exercise the utmost caution!