Bavaria - Is Neuschwanstein still completely covered in scaffolding?

My husband and I will be in Munich Dec 17/18 and part of 19. We were thinking of taking a train to Fussen to see Neuschwanstein, but have read that it is covered in scaffolding. The official site for the castle says that the scaffolding level will be reduced to ~5 meters, but it doesn't say by when, only that all scaffolding will be removed by April 2013. Has anyone been there recently- can you tell us if it's still covered in scaffolding? Thanks
Brenda

Posted by Tom
Hüttenfeld, Hessen, Germany
9130 posts

This reply is a little late, but... Looking at all the webcams, I can't see any current evidence of scaffolding. It's a little hard to be 100% sure from the web images, but it looks like the views are mostly clear. And it was never "completely covered" to begin with.

Posted by Stewart
McKees Rocks, PA, USA
19 posts

Well, in August, the "front" side was fairly covered, which is the view from out in the flat lands. The "back" side, which is the view from the Marienbrucke bridge, was good. The scaffolding tries to blend in some, they seem to do this "blending" more in Europe, not in the US, so it's not terible. This blending might make it difficult to tell if it is there, if someone is trying to look at a little webcam picture or other small image. Certainly not a reason not to go. Just be sure to allow enough time to get to the top, it can take up to an hour to get from the ticket booth up to the castle, depending on crowds (or hopefully lack of crowds at that time of year).

Posted by Brenda
Philadelphia, PA, USA
69 posts

thanks to both of you, very much! I appreciate your responses. Happy Holidays!