This castle has been in my bucket list. Growing up in the Philippines, watching Disney movies, my dad bought me a VHS of Sleeping Beauty movie.
The moment I had access to a library, I had researched where this place was and told myself, someday I will set foot on Mad King Ludwig's castle!
There is no easy way to go there. You either walk uphill (about 40 minutes) or you wait for the horse carriage or bus to take you there. If you then reach the top with a bus or the carriage, you still have to walk about 15 more minutes uphill to the castle!
Coming down is no easy way either. You can also wait for the bus (but our tour guide did not recommend this because the bus rarely comes). You can walk down 40 minutes - easy for some who don't have knee problems. Then if you want to be a little faster, you can go through a shortcut which is a little rough, stony and steep rugged pathway down.
But it is all worth it, for me... it was all worth it!