Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany { Sleeping Beauty’s Castle }

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

After our action-packed Danube River Cruise, Stephanie and I went to Munich for Oktoberfest!! :) But first we took a day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle, located in the heart of breathtaking Bavaria. We explored charming Bavarian villages and marveled at some of the most gorgeous countryside I have ever seen in my entire life.

Neuschwanstein (Noy-Schwan-Stine) Castle was Walt Disney’s inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland! We got to take a tour of this magnificent palace.

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Here is a link to the exact cruise we took.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We booked a tour with Pure Bavaria Tours. I highly, highly recommend them! This tour was definitely one of the highlights of our trip. The owner and tour guide is Mario. He picks you up personally at your hotel and drives you through scenic Bavaria to the castle. Along the way we stopped for breakfast in a tiny, ultra charming Bavarian village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We enjoyed decadent pastries from the local bakery.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

There was plenty of time for us to stretch our legs and explore this gorgeous village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Such a beautiful place to spend the morning eating pastries in Germany!

Take a day trip from Munich to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

He also took us to the historic Wieskirche cathedral.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was honestly one of the most beautiful churches I have ever seen. Look at that ceiling!!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.Photo via Stephanie

The church is quietly nestled in the foothills of the Bavarian Alps.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This insanely gorgeous farmhouse is nearby. There were the cutest, friendliest cows grazing in their front yard. They all had on cow bells, and it sounded like the most beautiful symphony of wind chimes I have ever heard.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We hopped back on the bus and made one more stop for these gorgeous scenic photos of the Alps.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was totally my kind of tour!! ;)

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

From here we could see the castle off in the distance.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Next stop… the castle!! We took the bus up the hill to St. Mary’s Bridge, which provides the perfect overlook of the castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.Photo via Stephanie

The shade makes my eyes look kind of weird here, but I had to get my picture taken with the castle!! :)

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

As we walked back down the hill to the castle, we had a gorgeous view of the valley below. Pictured here is Hohenschwangau Castle. This is where the king lived while he was building Neuschwanstein Castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This view seriously took my breath away.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Sleeping Beauty’s Castle!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

The castle had incredible views of the village below!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

I can’t imagine waking up to these views every day.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We had plenty of time to explore and wander on our own to take it all in.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We made our way to the castle when it was our time for the tour.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We couldn’t take pictures inside, but here’s one last view from the outside. I would totally live in that tower!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

After the castle tour we walked down to village to explore.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We walked to the crystal blue lake from the picture above.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

From here we had a closer view of Hohenschwangau Castle.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We worked up quite an appetite after castle-gawking all day, so Mario took us to an organic cheese farm for platters of Bavarian cheese, sausage, and fresh baked bread with homemade butter. Everything was phenomenal!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We ate outside on picnic tables in the gorgeous sunny weather. This was our lunch view!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

There were little baby moo cows all around us jingling their tiny cowbells!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

We had stunning 360 degree panoramic views all over this mountain village.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Breathtaking.

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

This was one of the best days of our trip! Highly recommend Mario and Pure Bavaria Tours!

Take a day trip from Munich through the Bavarian countryside to Neuschwanstein Castle! This castle was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland.

Moo! We got back to Munich in the late afternoon with plenty of time to grab dinner and head over to our first night of Oktoberfest! More to come soon! :)