Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau

The royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are enthroned in a beautiful mountain landscape near Füssen in the Allgäu region. Millions of people from all over the world visit the two castles every year and are captivated by their splendour and wealth of history. Above all, Neuschwanstein Castle, a “fairytale castle” built by order of King Ludwig II, is a crowd puller that is a must-see on a holiday in the Allgäu.

Neuschwanstein Castle: the famous fairytale castle of Ludwig II.

Neuschwanstein Castle was built between 1869 and 1886 by order of the Bavarian King Ludwig II and from the outside it resembles an imposing medieval castle. The reclusive monarch wanted to create a private retreat for himself with the palace, which is one of the most important works of historicism, but only lived in it for a few months until his unexpected death in 1886. Inside, visitors can expect sumptuously furnished interiors with expensive furniture and art objects as well as lots of gold and velvet.

The two largest rooms are certainly the most impressive: the Throne Room and the Singers' Hall. Here and in many other rooms of the palace, you will find pictures and murals depicting the world of legends and fairytales for which Ludwig II had a great passion. The technology used in the castle, which was ahead of its time, is also impressive. For example, there were already telephone lines here, toilets with automatic flushing and battery-operated bell systems for the employees. Neuschwanstein fully lives up to its reputation as a fairytale castle, as it takes you into a magnificent world of romance that invites you to dream. No wonder, then, that even Disney took the castle as a model for its Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris. Neuschwanstein has served as a backdrop for many films over the years and adorns countless souvenirs alongside coins and stamps.

Neuschwanstein Castle can be visited daily, with the exception of a few public holidays. Tickets for the castle tour are available from the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau. The visit is part of a guided tour through the most important rooms of the castle, which lasts about half an hour.

Hohenschwangau Castle - the Residential Oalace of the Royal Family

Directly opposite Neuschwanstein is Hohenschwangau Castle, whose history dates back to the 11th century. In the 19th century, Maximilian II, the father of Ludwig II, discovered what was then Schwanstein Castle and had it converted into a neo-Gothic residential castle between 1832 and 1837. After Maximilian II. He was appointed King of Bavaria in 1848 and spent many summers here with his wife Queen Marie and their children Ludwig II and Otto. The interior furnishings from the Biedermeier period have been preserved true to the original, giving visitors a unique insight into the life of the royal family.

Among the most impressive rooms are the Great Banqueting Hall, decorated with ornate murals, the Orient Room, furnished in Moorish style, which served as Queen Marie's bedroom, and the Tasso Room, with its illuminated starry sky, where the kings slept.

Hohenschwangau Castle can also be visited on a guided tour all year round, except on some public holidays. Further information and tickets are available from the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau. If you would like to learn more about these sights and the Bavarian royal family after visiting the royal castles, you should stop by the Museum of the Bavarian Kings on the shores of the Alpsee. Within its elegant ambience, this modern museum is dedicated to castles and their builders.