Along the Road of Princes to Neuschwanstein Castle

The Road of Princes leads from Schluxen near Pinswang in Tyrol to Lake Alpsee and the Bavarian royal castles near Hohenschwangau. It’s the best way to combine a pleasant hike with the visit of two world famous castles.

A beautiful forest path, a romantic lake and fairy-tale castles await us along the famous cross-border Road of Princes (Fürstenstrasse). It starts in Pinswang in the Tyrolean Lechtal valley, more precisely at the Gasthaus zum Schluxen tavern. The gravel path leads us uphill (60 metres of altitude difference) towards the Austrian-German boundary stone and further on to Lake Alpsee, always following the signpost “Fürstenstrasse”. Together with Mount Säugling in the background, the lake is a motif of outstanding beauty for photographers.

After a 2-hour walk we reach Hohenschwangau on the opposite lakeside. In the village there are the world famous Hohenschwangau Castle and the Museum of the Bavarian kings (Museum der bayerischen Könige). After another 30 minutes we finally reach the fairy-tale castle of King Ludwig II from Bavaria and one of the most beautiful castles of the world, Neuschwanstein Castle.

Author: AT

Important: if you want to do this hike, please take information about the current conditions on site!

Starting point: Pinswang, Gasthaus zum Schluxen tavern
Destination: Lake Alpsee, Hohenschwangau Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle
Signpost: Fürstenstrasse
Distance: approx. 7 km (each direction)
Walking time: approx. 2 hours to Hohenschwangau (+ 30 minutes to Neuschwanstein) - each direction
Altitude difference: approx. 200 m (each direction)
Altitude level: between 810 and 900 m asl
Experienced in: August 2016
Ticket information: we recommend advanced reservation of your tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle or the museum (www.hohenschwangau.de). Especially in summer the tickets are already sold out in the mornings.

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