I will be in Munich for 2-3 days in a couple of weeks.
I am trying to determine if it is worth taking the time to go out to Neuschwanstein Castle, given both the 4+ hours round trip travel time and the scaffolding.
Currently, there is unfortunately a lot of scaffolding going on in Neuschwanstein. I quote the official homepage:
Restoration works at the western and northern façade
Because of restoration works the western and northern façade of Neuschwanstein Castle will be scaffolded until the end of 2012.
We apologize for any inconveniences.
The guided tours in the castle are not affected by the works.
You can have a look by yourself using one of these two webcams. Unfortunately it is night now, so you won't see a lot ;)