Neuschwanstein Castle: A Hidden Viewpoint

18 thoughts on “Neuschwanstein Castle: A Hidden Viewpoint”

  1. I just wanted to take a moment and sincerely thank you for writing about this. My girlfriend and I just got back from a week and a half long trip to Germany and we made a stop at Neuschwanstein Castle. Little did she know I was planning on proposing to her at the castle. We had been planning this vacation for months and you can imagine how upset I was when I discovered the bridge was going to be closed because I wanted to pop the question with a beautiful view of the castle in the background. After I found this blog I convinced her to trek through the woods with me to get a “great photo” of the castle. The trail was just as you had described it in your post. The only negative was it had been raining for the two days prior to our arrival, so it was kind of muddy and slick. When we finally made it to the top we were the only two people around. I couldn’t have asked for a more perfect and romantic setting. This was the highlight of our trip and this wouldn’t have happened without this blog post. Thank you so much!

  2. Hi Justin
    Thank you for your post and notes on where to photograph the castle. We have come from Australia and disappointed that the Marienbrucke bridge was still closed. However I wasn’t coming all this way without capturing a magical photo for myself. Today my hubby found the secret viewing area without too much trouble.
    Thanks again, much appreciated.

  3. Hello, thanks so much for taking the time to post this! Very helpful. I am going to Neuswanstein this weekend and I see on the website it now also says ‘the hike through the pällot gorge is now closed due to rockfall’- do you think this is referring to the path you have described here?

  4. Hi Justin,

    Thank you so much for posting this! My husband and I were there today and we were so bummed the bridge was closed. Thanks to you we were able to get a great picture of the castle!

  5. We will be in Munich for 5 days starting Sept. 7. I am hoping Mary’s bridge will be open then. What time would the lighting be best for a photo from the bridge or from the ridge you took the shot from? I don’t want the castle to be in the shadows when I take the picture. Thanks for any info you can give me!

    1. Looking at the sunrise/sunset times for that day, looks like you will have the best lighting between 5 and 7 PM. The Marienbrucke bridge faces the western facing side of the castle, so the lighting at that time will be directly on the side of the castle you’d be looking at. Enjoy your visit!

      1. Thank you so much for the info! That is exactly what I needed. One more question, does the bus to the bridge area still run at this time?

  6. Hello Justin,

    Just a quick note to say thank you for your blog. I stumbled upon this through a web search and read it over and over again. I’m so grateful for the inside information on how you found a great spot to take pictures of the castle. I’m in Germany on leave (in the Army) and to my surprise, the bridge was closed today. I’m not 100% sure I found the exact trial, but I think I did. I was able to take amazing pictures this morning!! There were three other people on the ridge, not sure if by chance, or from reading your post. I was able to get amazing pictures this morning and smiled all the way back down to my car. I felt like I had this cool secret and knew I had the best pictures. Keep posting. This young at heart explorer admires your adventures and will keep seeing what else you post. Take care and safe travels.

  7. Justin, thanks so much for your post. I just came back from this viewpoint today, after following your instructions, and damn, what a good view it was! I had the place to myself and got some great photos. Truly the highlight of my trip so far, so thanks again!

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