Ludwig’s parents Maximilian II of Bavaria and Marie of Prussia kept themselves at a distance.
The Memory stone is installed on the coast of the Alpsee in memory of the mother of Ludwig - Marie of Prussia.
Walking around Hohenschwangau you can see the pine which has embraced by the radicals a stone. This phenomenon seemed to me miracle of the nature.
Never before I saw such merge of a tree and a stone. I have seen a deep philosophical sense which is prompted us with the nature.
The Alpsee is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes of the Bavarian Alps. The amazing depth of the water is 59 m. and it is completely surrounded by wooded heights.
It widens at the northern bank until it reaches Hohenschwangau. This is where the hiking path ends and where you have a clear view of the royal castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.
The majority of the tourists usually finish there trip around Neuschwanstein at the Marienbrucke. We advise you to go some hundred meters further and above.
So you will get even more impressive view at the Schloss and at the Marienbrucke!
It takes approximately two hours to walk round the completely unspoilt shore of the lake. There are impressive views looking east from the valley to Hohenschwangau Castle with its battlements, which is reflected in the lake, with Neuschwanstein forming a picturesque backdrop.
The 17-hectare Schwansee measures seven meters at its deepest point.
The Schwansee is a warm lake to go swimming. The young prince was often found at this lake, swimming, fishing, riding and playing with swans . . .
The Alpsee is one of the most attractive parts of the Allgau. The largest natural lake in the area, it extends along the narrow valley of the Konstanzer Ach, and is sealed off to the north and south by steep mountain slopes. On its west side is another lake, the small Teufelssee.
The north side of the lake and the ridge, from the ruins of Rothenfels and Hugofels across the Zaumberg, the Thaler-Hohe and the Salmaser-Hohe, are accessible via a number of easy hiking trails. The whole lakeland area is a nature reserve.
The arrival of the Grail knight from Wagner's Lohengrin, in an illuminated shell boat pulled by a swan, was staged on the Alpsee accompanied by fireworks at the young king's request on his 20th birthday.
Today there are many hiking trails in the vicinity of the Alpsee. On almost all of them the walker is following in the steps of the king.
Level hiking trails and cycle paths wind through lush meadows and dark woods are at your disposal. For visitors with time to spare there are many other interesting places to discover in the surroundings.
This is an over 700-year old town situated on the southern end of "Romantic Road". When you plan on visitingcastles, you can find accomodations here because it is very close to the site. I would recommand Horn, Schwangau (see my Hotel tip) which is about 3 mins of drive away from Fuessen. You have a different range of restaurants here: from traditional, through Pizzeria to McDonald's (I really fail to see why would anyone do that to him/herself). Not to mention shops, walking area in peaceful and yet not deserted old town...
Dark blue lakes with swans breeding there quietly gave Ludwig’s youth a powerful imagination for the future.