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Wheelchair accessibility at Neuschwanstein? / Munich to Verona route

Wheelchair accessibility at Neuschwanstein? / Munich to Verona route

Old Jul 3rd, 2014, 04:01 PM
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Wheelchair accessibility at Neuschwanstein? / Munich to Verona route

How accessible is it for a motorized wheelchair? We will be driving from Munich to Innsbruck and down through the Dolomites to Verona. The castle is not exactly on our way so we'd be going out of our way to visit. While we'd like to see it, is it worth it to go 2 hours out of our way (considering we have a wheelchair)? Is the bridge with the famous scenic views accessible? How about going inside?

If we decide to skip the castle, we probably won't need to stay in Innsbruck on the way from Munich to Verona. Will we regret not staying in Innsbruck for a night? Anywhere else (maybe in the Dolomites?) you'd suggest staying for a night? Would love to see some beautiful scenery, and drive through some mountains.
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Old Jul 3rd, 2014, 04:30 PM
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You can find info for the handicapped at the castles web site:

http://www.neuschwanstein.de/englisch/tourist/index.htm

Information for the disabled

For reasons of organization we ask wheelchair and walker users to book their guided tour beforehand at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau.

Near the castle there is a toilet for the disabled

They are not clear how much of the multi-story castle is open to people using a wheelchair - however since it was built fairly recently (1860s) there may be elevator access.

Guided tours

Neuschwanstein Castle can only be visited within a guided tour. We offer guided tours in German and English by our own personnel.

Visitors who do not speak one of these languages can make use of our audio guide tours, which are available in Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Slovenian, Russian, Polish, Chinese (Mandarin), Portuguese, Hungarian, Greek, Dutch, Korean, Thai and Arabic.

Both kinds of tours last approximately 30 minutes.

You can book the ticket for your guided tour in advance for an additional prepaid charge at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau two days before the desired castle visit (3 pm local time) at the latest
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Old Jul 3rd, 2014, 05:57 PM
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Here is a link to the ticket office:
https://www.hohenschwangau.de/858.0.html
I would buy your tickets on-line before your trip starts. You must buy them 2 days in advance any way, so why not buy them from home.One less thing to do while you are on vacation. A plus is that you avoid the long line at the ticket office.

Since there is a special ticket for the disabled and they want advanced notice that you are coming I would assume they will make the tour an enjoyable experience for you.

There are options if you decide to see the castle
1. Add a night to Munich and see the castle as a round trip from Munich.
2. Stay the night in Innsbruck as you are now doing.
3. Stay the night in Hall in Tirol, in Austria(near Innsbruck).
4. Stay the night in Mittenwald, Germany.
5. Stay the night in Garmish-Partenkirchen, Germany
6. Stay the night near the castle.

If you decide not to see the castle I would add a night to Beaune. You also might want to add a night to Lake Como by stealing a night from Verona.
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Old Jul 8th, 2014, 02:02 AM
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According to German-language websites that deal with accessibility, Neuschwanstein gets a pretty poor rating.
There were special tours for people in wheelchairs using the hidden elevators in the castle, but those have been stopped a while ago (for safety/ fire evacuation reasons). So if Neuschwanstein was a must, you should enquire first by e-mail how exactly the individual tour will be organized and what exactly you will be able to see. Plus you must not forget the pretty steep and long road up to the castle (you cannot park up there but only at the bottom of the hill).

From my point of view, it may be much easier and much more worth while to visit Linderhof palace on your way to Innsbruck. It's not even a detour but on your way if you take the route via Garmisch and Seefeld/Tyrol.
Linderhof looks much better prepared to welcome handicapped visitors:
http://www.schlosslinderhof.de/engli...rist/index.htm
A plan of the palace's park also highlights the pathways which are easy to navigate:
http://www.schlosslinderhof.de/deuts..._rollstuhl.pdf
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