The Romantic Road Sights

Schloss Hohenschwangau

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

Published 04/25/2016

Fodor's Review

Built by the knights of Schwangau in the 12th century, this castle was later updated by King Ludwig II's father, the Bavarian crown prince 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, including those that inspired the composer Richard Wagner in his Ring cycle of operas. The paintings remain untouched in the dining room, as does the "Women's floor," which looks just as it did at the death of Ludwig's mother, Marie, in 1889.

After obtaining your ticket at the ticket center in the village, you can take a 20-minute walk up either of two clearly marked paths to the castle, or board one of the horse-drawn carriages that leave from in front of the Hotel Müller (uphill €6, downhill €3).

Sight Information


Alpseestr. 12, Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, 87645, Germany

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Sight Details:

  • €12, includes guided tour; combined ticket for Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein €23; combined ticket for both castles and museum €29.50
  • Late Mar.–mid-Oct., daily 8–5; mid-Oct.–mid-Mar., daily 9–3:30

Published 04/25/2016


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