When's The Best Weather For a Visit to Neuschwanstein?

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Question: Hi Edd! Can you tell me the best weather for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle?

Thank you!

Natalie P, CA, United States.

Answer: Hi Natalie! Thanks for the message.

My opinion is the best weather for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle is in September or October. I say Autumn, but you say Fall ;)

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in the village of Hohenschwangau, near Fussen. That's in the Bavarian Alps. This means that the weather can be very cold and snowy in the winter months (from November - April). In fact, most days in the Winter see about an inch of snowfall, and average temperatures are below freezing.


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Neuschwanstein at the end of winter Neuschwanstein, at the end of Winter. Credit: Frank Kovalchek, CC-BY-2.0.

Although Neuschwanstein Castle looks fantastic in the Winter - when the castle looks like a snow-covered fairytale - it can be incredibly cold. Also, some of the services around the castle can be shut during the snowfall. This includes the bus-transport, and can also include the Marienbrucke bridge - the spectacular viewing platform.

In the Summer months, the weather's mild. But the castle is most crowded then.

I think that the Autumn months see the best weather. The temperature is mild, but not too cold, and there's the least rainfall of the whole year.

You can see more about the weather each month below.

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Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle Mid-Winter - January and February

January is the coldest month of the year, and February the second coldest. Average temperatures are around -2.6°C (27°F in January and -1.6°C (29°F) in February; the average temperature will be below freezing almost every single day of the month. There will be about an inch a day of snow.

Neuschwanstein in the Spring - March and April

It’ll still be chilly up until Easter, although this isn’t a bad time to visit Neuschwanstein Castle. Most days in March have an average temperature of less than 0°C (32°F), and about half of all days in April dip below freezing. March sees about 60 inches of snow over the month; April sees about 20 inches. The average temperature is just above freezing point – about 8°C (45°F).

Weather in Neuschwanstein in the Summer - May, June, July, August

Summers are mild in Neuschwanstein. Average temperatures are about 15°C (60°F) with highs of about 20°C (70°F). About ten days of each month see a little bit of rain.

Autumn – in Neuschwanstein - September and October

Autumn is probably the best time to visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles – the temperatures are still mild, with averages of 12°C (50°F) and highs of about 18°C (64°F). September and October are also two of the driest months – only around five days any month see any rainfall.

Neuschwanstein Castle The Alps around Neuschwanstein in the Winter. Credit: Geoff Wong, CC-BY-2.0.

Visting Neuschwanstein During Winter & Christmas – November and December

Things are starting to get very cold in the run-up to Christmas, although November and December aren’t as quite bitter as January and February. The average temperature during most days in November, and nearly every day in December, is below freezing point (about -1°C; 29°F). In December, there’s an average of an inch-a-day of snow (a bit less in November).

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