It was early in the morning and we drove to Hohenschwangau, the small village underneath both castles (Hohen Schwangau and Schloss Neuschwanstein). We pre-booked our tickets so that we did not have to queue so long for the entrance.
From the ticket office to the castle you walk roughly 30 min up the hill. As all the tickets are for a special time slot, you have to be there in time.
Alternatively you can go uphill with a horse carriage that is probably not much faster on the way up.
In the castle you get an audio guide and you go quite fast through the rooms. In my opinion there is not enough time to really appreciate the artwork that is presented there. Maybe for most people the amount of information given is enough, but if you are interested in the history of the castle, then it is probably not enough.
The castle has never been finished as Ludwig II has intended. There is a small movie shown in the castle of the plans that he had for the entire building and it is a real shame that it has not been finished. Schloss Neuschwanstein remains an unfinished work. When you are in the caste the building looks as if it had been built just recently as all the stones look so new.
For a really good view on the castle you can go to the Marienbrücke, which is around the corner of the castle (approx. 15 min walk). From there you can perfectly see the castle on the mountain top and take pictures.