Hohenschwangau Travel Guide

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    Entering the inner court of...
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    Pöllat gorge and Marienbrücke
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Hohenschwangau Highlights

  • Pro
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     Castles, surroundings, peaceful and active holidays in one place 

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     none 

  • In a nutshell
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     Home of the REAL Disney Castle 

Hohenschwangau Things to Do

  • Schloß Hohenschwangau

    The Neuschwanstein castle is not the only castle in Hohenschwangau. There also Hohenschwangau castle and lies opposite of Neuschwanstein castle on a smaller hill. The earlier castle we rebuilt several times until finally king Maximilian II (crown prince at that time) reconstructed the castle 1832 to 1836. King Ludwig II spent his youth in that...

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  • Schloß Neuschwanstein

    Neuschwanstein castle is one of the most famous sights in Germany and was built 1869 to 1886 by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. He only lived a few months in that castle until he died. He probably never had expected that his castle would get such an attraction, especially as he had built it as retreat from the public! Ludwig II has really chosen a...

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  • Schwansee (Swan Lake)

    The Schwansee is close to Hohenschwangau and much smaller than the Alpsee south of it. Although it’s called “Swan Lake”, we didn’t see any swans there, just ducks. There are several places at the lake that invite you to swim, or you just can sit on one of the boardwalks and hang your feet into the water. We did so which was very refreshing after we...

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  • Alpenrosenweg (Alpine Rose Way)

    When you walk from Füssen to Hohenschwangau, one of the possible ways is to take the “Alpenrosenweg”. Various alpine roses had been planted there in 1850 under King Maximilian II for his wife Marie, but unfortunately there’s nothing left. Still it’s a nice path through the forest, above the lake Schwansee. At same places, you can look down on the...

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  • Alpsee (Alp Lake)

    The Alpsee is directly next to the village Hohenschwangau. It has very clear water, but also is one of the coldest lakes in Bavaria. Nevertheless there’s a natural beach at the south bank. You also can rent a boat, or walk around it. We did reach the sea from the north and followed the signs to a nice view point above the lake. Besides the great...

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  • Marienbrücke (Mary’s bridge)

    The Marienbrücke is a bridge high over the Pöllat gorge, named after Marie of Prussia, the mother of Ludwig II. There first had been a wooden bridge, built in 1845, and it was replaced by a steel construction in 1886. It was restored in 1984, but the railings are still the original ones. The bridge is 90m high and I found it very scary to walk on...

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  • Pöllatschlucht (Pöllat gorge)

    There are various ways up to Neuschwanstein castle, and walking through the Pöllat gorge is a great alternative way. The gorge is very nice, it starts with an iron footbridge along the cliffs and then you walk on a forest trail, passing some lovely little waterfalls. When you reach a clearing, you can see high above you the Marienbrücke (Mary’s...

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  • Spectacular Birds Eye View from...

    Take the cable car up Tegelberg Mountain for endless views of the Alps and spectacular views of Schwangau, the surrounding areas, and a unique view of Neuschwanstein. The top of the mountain is at 5,500 feet above sea level.It is a launching spot for hang gliders and para gliders. Courses are offered for beginners and tandem flight are available....

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  • Neuschwanstein: By Far, My Favorite...

    We parked our car in one of the “castle” lots and made our way to the ticket counter. It wasn’t crowded and we got our tickets very quickly. We boarded a bus that would take us up the rest of the way to Neuschwanstein castle. It is probably one of the most recognized castles in the world. It was even the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle...

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  • Hohenschwangau: Not as nice as...

    From town we made the 15 minute walk up to Schloss Hohenschwangau. Bult by Ludwig's father, King Maximillan, it is where Ludwig spent his childhood. It is much less elaborate than Schloss Neuschwanstein. Very few rooms are seen on the tour. I'd skip this one.April - September 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.October - March 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.Tickets 9 EurosCan book...

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  • The view at the Alpsee

    There is a splendid view at the Alpsee from Neuschwanstein Castle. It nestles between wooded mountain slopes in an area of un spoilt natural beauty. Even as a child, Ludwig particularly loved the romantic lake. It would not be desirable to leave the Castle in any way. Surprising “Castle of dream” and the nature of Bavaria surrounding grasp you for...

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  • Neuschwanstein Castle from the...

    The view of Neuschwanstein Castle from the bridge behind it, the Marienbrucke, is particularly impressive and the views from the castle's many windows are like framed landscape paintings. The king often stood for a long time at the window, looking thoughtfully into the distance: across the plain or at the rugged mountain scenery.

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Hohenschwangau Restaurants

  • Delicious food, fantastic atmosphere

    The restaurant is conveniently located near to the Royal Castles, the main tourist attraction of the village. I went in for lunch after my castle tour. By the time I had been in for my tour and hiked back down the mountain it was raining a bit so I was glad to be getting indoors! There was a nice rustic welcoming atmosphere even before I walked in....

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  • What to order...

    I don't think you could make a mistake in an order. Everything looks delicious and it all depends on how hungry you are. Portions are very big as you can see from our pictures. You also get a bib as in the old days when they used to eat with their fingers.I had "Spare Ribs" with baked potatoes and boiled corn and my husband has "Ritter Steak" and...

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  • Local food in traditional restaurant

    When you look at me and my husband, it's not difficult to tell that we love food. But we are not the type that would eat just about anything for the sake of eating. We love quality food and like eating local. In Germany, it's more difficult to find a bad than a good restaurant with local food.This restaurant is in Fuessen which is about 5min drive...

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Hohenschwangau Transportation

  • Parking in Hohenschwangau

    The village of Hohenschwangau only has private parking facilities, for which there is a charge. Plenty of parking available! Cars per day € 4.00Busses per day € 8.00Camper van per day € 6.00Motorbike per day € 1.50No parking between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am

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  • How to get Hohenschwangau by car

    Take the A7 motorway (direction Ulm-Kempten-Fussen) until the end and at the exit to Fussen. Then – B310. From Fussen via the federal road B17 direction Schwangau and follow the signs to Hohenschwangau village.Another way - Take the A95 motorway (direction Minchen - Garmish). Then – B23 (direction Ehrwald). Then – Austrian 314 (direction Reutte)....

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  • Hiking

    You have three ways of doing this tour: on foot, by shuttle bus or horse carriage. The day we were there the bus wasn't working and everybody was queing for horse carriage. I must addmitt that I was carried with romantic idea of "horse carriage" but we were to "lazy" to stand in line so we decided to walk. Later, when we saw those poor animals...

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Hohenschwangau Shopping

  • Tickets

    Finding ticket office for these two castles is not difficult. On every cca 20m, starting from parking, you have tables like the one on the picture giving directions. Be prepared to wait in line a few minutes. Lines are huge, but they move quickly. YOU CAN'T BUY TICKETS ANYWHERE ELSE! There are no tickets on the castle! Admittance for children under...

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  • Souvenires

    Both castles provide their official souvenire shops, but as everywhere elso those are crowded and a little bit more expencive than off-site shops. My husband and I grew very fond of this Galeria for it's beauty and extremly good offer. They have everything: from castle models, bells and spoons with castle pics etc. to copies of Medieval swords,...

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Hohenschwangau Warnings and Dangers

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    NO BUBBY IN CASTLE!!!

    by Beograd Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    Visit to these castles is extremly difficult for disabled and they give this information in ticket centre. Only in Neuschwanstein castle you have about 90 steps to climb, not to mention 1,5km uphill.

    Also, I've seen people bringing their dogs to the castle only to find out that dogs are not allowed inside.

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Hohenschwangau Tourist Traps

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    by Beograd Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    First you have to by tickets at ticket office in Hohenschwangau which is not hard to find. Visits to both castles are possible only with guided tours. When you buy the ticket you have the time when your tour starts and the number of your tour on it. If you happen to be late for your tour, you can't go on another tour with same tickets and the money will not be returned. Basicly, you are "SOL". Once you get to one of the castles you will find digital display showing the numbers of tours. You have approximatly 35 mins in every castle which is official version and unofficialy about 20-25mins.

    First of all, that is not enough time for exploring and absorbing the beauties in these castles. To me, 20mins per room would be much better! They give guided tours in German and English and audio guided tours in Japanese, French, Spanish, Italian, Czech, Russian, Polish, Mandarin and Hungarian. We went with english guides. It was terrible! We had to run from one room to the next, wait for the previous group to leave the room (which is a huge waste of time giving how long the tour is) and try to understand and hear what the guide is saying! Then the guides are extremly bad. If you happen to ask a question it is not very likely that they will know the answer. In fact, they most probably won't! Not to mention that very often they don't understand the question in English. My husband and I had many questions to ask, but we were turned down by our guide with simple: "I am sorry these are time limited tours and we do not have the time for questions!". Eventhough they said we could ask them questions anytime. We got very much upset! But they did have the time to tell us which way is the souvenire shop!

    Unique Suggestions: We were smart enough to buy a little guide book which turned out to be a huge help! We learned much, much more from that little book than from the tour guides.

    Fun Alternatives: Unfortunatelly, there is no alternative if you want to see the interior of the castles. My suggestion would be to visit the castles but equip yourselves with guide books previously and do some reading on it. It's easier to catch up during the "race" in the castle which they say is the "Guided Tour".

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Hohenschwangau What to Pack

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    by Beograd Updated Jan 30, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I've seen people dressed up and walking up the hill to Neuschwanstein castle. I wouldn't recommend that. There are a lot of stairs to climbed in both castles and not to mention cca 1,5km uphill that you have to walk to Neuschwanstein and about the same distance from one to the other castle. It doesn't seem much, but when you start the walk you know what I'm talking about. My suggestion is to wear hiking boots or running shoes and something comfortable like gym pants or hiking pants. You won't regret it!

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera and don't forget: TAKING PICS INSIDE IS FORBIDDEN --- VERBOTEN ---- ZABRANJENO!!!!!!!!

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Hohenschwangau Off The Beaten Path

  • Ludwig and swans

    Dark blue lakes with swans breeding there quietly gave Ludwig’s youth a powerful imagination for the future.

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  • Marie of Prussia memory stone

    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.

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  • The pine embraced by the radicals a...

    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.

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Hohenschwangau Favorites

  • Miscellaneous Tips...

    Meeting New People and Seeing New PeopleThese tips are based on my last 8 weeks of traveling in Europe/Africa:1. Buy/pre-order as many museum/attraction tickets online as you can.2. Ask the taxi fare before taking off in a taxi, especially if it’s late at night or coming from an airport.3. Charge your camera batteries every night.4. If you have a...

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  • Swan - the heraldic animal of Schwangau...

    The swan was also the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau, whose successor the king considered himself to be. Maximilian II had already made the swan a leitmotif of Hohenschwangau. Idealization of the Middle Ages was thus combined with concrete local tradition.

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  • Ost Allgau Lakeland

    Hiking and biking paths lead you through lush, green meadows and dark forests. Countless large and small lakes have given this area the name “Ostallgau Lakeland“. A magnificent landscape with two nature reserve areas: Bavaria's largest Alpine reserve „Ammergebirge“, the former Royal hunting ground of Ludwig II and the lake “Bannwaldsee“ nature...

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