Only few kilometres far from the Tyrolean border, near Füssen in South Bavaria, the fairytale castle of King Ludwig II rises.
In Pinswang, in the Tyrolean Lechtal valley, the Fürstenstraße starts. It is a hiking path which proceeds to the Alpsee lake and to Hohenschwangau in the south of Bavaria. Here, in Hohenschwangau near Füssen, the world-famous Bavarian royal castles are located: Hohenschwangau Castle with the museum of the Bavarian kings straight on the waterfront of the Alpsee lake and Neuschwanstein Castle (30-minutes walk).
The white building with its delicate turrets and gables seems to grow out of the forest and reminds of the fairytales in childhood. The castle was planned at the desire of Ludwig II Otto Friedrich Wilhelm von Wittelsbach, King of Bavaria. He wanted to create a private haven in form of an idealised knight’s castle. Unfortunately he died before the completion of the New Hohenschwangau Castle, as Neuschwanstein Castle was called then.
Today Neuschwanstein Castle is considered a main work of historicism. Together with the other castles of King Ludwig II - Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee - it has been listed as an World Heritage site. The castle has 200 different rooms, a part of the innards can be visited within a guided tour. Today Neuschwanstein is a global symbol for the Romantic period and inspired artists such as Andy Warhol. Even a meteorite which partly hit the area in 2002, was named after Neuschwanstein Castle.
Where: Hohenschwangau near Füssen, South Bavaria (2 km from the Tyrolean border)
Characteristics: a legendary and unforgettable fairytale castle
Further information: phone: +49 8362 93083-0, firstname.lastname@example.org
Winter opening hours: from October 16, 2019, to March 2020
only guided visits (ca. 30 minutes)
daily from 10 am to 4 pm
closed: Dec 24-25 and 31, 2019 / Jan 1, 2020
Summer opening hours:
from April to mid-October 2020
13.00 Euros, free under 18 years (ticket reservation recommended)
“King Ticket”: Neuschwanstein & Hohenschwangau on the same day (25.00 Euros)