Sign Up
Newsletter Signup
Free Fodor's Newsletter

Subscribe today for weekly travel inspiration, tips, and special offers.

Fodor's Weekly: Your expert travel wrap-up
Today's Departure: Your daily dose of travel inspiration (coming soon)

The Romantic Road Sights

Schloss Hohenschwangau

  • Alpseestr. 12
  • Hohenschwangau
  • Castle/Palace/Chateau

Updated 11/18/2013

Fodor's Review

Built by the knights of Schwangau in the 12th century, this castle was remodeled later by King Ludwig II's father, the Bavarian crown prince and future king Maximilian, between 1832 and 1836. Unlike Ludwig's more famous castle across the valley, Neuschwanstein, the mustard-yellow Schloss Hohenschwangau actually feels like a noble home, where comforts would be valued as much as outward splendor. Ludwig spent his childhood summers surrounded by the castle's murals, depicting

ancient Germanic legends. It was here that the young prince met the composer Richard Wagner. Their friendship shaped and deepened the future king's interest in theater, music, and German mythology—the mythology Wagner drew upon for his Ring cycle of operas.

After obtaining your ticket at the ticket center in the village, you can take a 25-minute walk up either of two clearly marked paths to the castle, or board one of the horse-drawn carriages that leave from the ticket center (uphill €4, downhill €2) or the Hotel Müller (uphill €6, downhill €3).

Read More

Sight Information


Alpseestr. 12, Hohenschwangau, 87645, Germany



Sight Details:

  • €12, including guided tour; combined ticket for Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein €23
  • Late Mar.–mid-Oct. daily 8–5:30; mid-Oct.–mid-Mar., daily 9–3:30

Updated 11/18/2013


What's Nearby

  • Hotels
  • Restaurants
  • Sights

See all sights in The Romantic Road

Add Your Own Review

When did you go?

Minimum 200 character count

How many stars would you give?




Don't Miss