Schloß Hohenschwangau Things to Do

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    View of the castle from distance
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    Ticket Office

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    It is the first thing you come upon after parking the vehicle. Lines will form for sure to get a place for either of the castles, and after getting a slot in line, they issue a time to show up for the 24 minute tours. Prices for one castle is 12 Euro, and with museum about 19,50, or both castles for 22, 50 Euro, of all for 28,50. You decide if it is worth the show. Times are generally 8-5 daily, but lesser in winter

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    Carriage Ride

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    Ready to make a buck for a ride

    There are rides to the castle, even though the walk is not too much stress for an average in shape person. They charge 4 Euro to get up there and 2 Euro to go down; or nothing for the 50 stairs to climb for free

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    Views from the central courtyard

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    The courtyard has a lot of good angles for pictures and crisp and clear. This is also the waiting area to enter the castle for the 25 minute tour, when your time comes on the marquee in digital display.

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    Inside Rooms

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    The rooms are notable, but not as ostentatious as in the other castle. It was a living residence for the family and guests. First built by knights in the 12th century, it was rebuilt and expanded by Ludwig's father, Maximilian in 1832-36. Ludwig lived here with his mother-no doubt influencing his favor for the same sex, and he met Richard WAgner here to boot; so to speak.
    The largest room is the festival hall, called Hall of Heroes and Knights, and takes up the length of the castle. The ceiling has Neo Gothic ornaments and pink background. The Swan Knight Room served as a dining room. The second floor has the grand hall and roomd for Maximilian and the princes.
    Tours are only 35 minutes for 12 Euro cost, or a combo ticket with the museum for 19,50, or combo with Neuschwanstein included for 28,50

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    View from afar

    by BruceDunning Updated Jul 22, 2012

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    The castle is situated on the Alpsee and was the residence for the Ludwig children. Maximilian of Bavaria had a ruin rebuilt with this castle to live in in Neo Gothic style. The crenulated top is unique and looks like a fortress, but only decorative for the most part. It sits on the hill overlooking the old town of Schwangau-not many people lived here, though. Today it is hotels and restaurants.

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    much better castle than Neuschwanstein

    by Fesl Updated Jul 2, 2010

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    I think that Hohenschwangau castle is much better than the Neuschwanstein castle. It is the real castle where the king was living and it is so easy to get a ticket for the tour in the castle. It is also easy to walk from the parking to the castle, just 15 minutes.
    After the tour of Hohenschwangau take a photo from Neuschwanstein from outside, it looks nice, but getting a tour-ticket for it is very hard, except when you reserve early in the morning.

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    Hohenschwangau Castle in the night...

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    When crowds of tourists leave Hohenschwangau, and there are only few inhabitants of several small hotels and not numerous inhabitants in the village, it is possible to take pleasure in true spirit and silence of local places as it was in days of Ludwig. The illuminated castles bewitch.

    I heard that Ludwig highlighted the castles too though in his time the electricity was not so is widespread yet. He used torches and candles...

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    Mountain ridge - "from Jugend"

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    Hohenschwangau Castle - Mountain ridge
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    The best view at the castle opens from a viewing platform which is hardly above Neuschwanstein Castle.

    It is considered, what exactly this place was chosen by Ludwig for construction of the new castle which at his life referred Neus Hohenschwangau schloss.

    Certainly, the view at the Old castle is even better from the tower of the New castle. However tourists while do not start up there.

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    Swimming bath

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    One more sight of the park which surrounds the castle is the small swimming bath.

    It's considered, that in this swimming bath Wittelsbach family spent time, simultaneously admiring beauty of adjoining mountains.

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    Castle's fountains

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    Hohenschwangau Castle's fountains

    Groups of tourists go into the castle every 5-10 minutes. Thus there is a small pause when tourists expect the invitation to excursion. It is possible to fill this pause, having bypassed around of the castle.

    It is possible to find out some picturesque fountains there:
    Four lions hold a bowl which is filled with water on heads,
    a figure of a swan, from which beak a jet of water flows.

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    Hohenschwangau Castle Interiors

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    The large “Festsaal” hall, also called “Hall of Heroes and Knights”, takes up the whole width of the Castle. The stucco ceiling is decorated with neo-Gothic ornaments on pink background with diorama silver stars. All columns are in Gothic style.

    The “Oriental Room” used to be Queen Mary's bedroom. This room has been decorated in an oriental style in memory of Maximilian's trip to Greece and Turkey in 1832/33.

    The “Hohenstaufen-Room” used to be the dressing room of King Maximilian II and King Ludwig II. It also was Ludwig's music room. Paintings on the walls illustrate special events from the era of the “Staufen” selected by Maximilian.

    The “Tasso-Room” was the bedroom of King Maximilian II and King Ludwig II. All walls of this room are beautifully painted. The paintings tell the story of Armida and Rinaldo according to Torquato Tasso's epic poem “Jerusalem Delivered”.

    The “Berchta Room”, used to be the Queen's writing room. Surrounded by beautiful painted ornaments with climbing plants and twines, images tell the myth of the birth of Karl the Great in the Reismuhle near Gauting.

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    Hohenschwangau Castle History II

    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    In 1842, Crown Price Maximilian married Princess Marie of Prussia. He then succeeded to the Throne of Bavaria in 1848 which required an increase to the size of the castle suitable for the larger royal household.

    The coach house was removed and replaced by the Prince's building. This is where King Ludwig II spent his childhood. When Ludwig became King Ludwig II, he began the construction of his famous fairytale castles but left Hohenschwangau largely as it was during his youth.

    Today, Hohenschwangau is still privately owned. The owner: Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds. Although it is open to the public as a museum. The interior of the castle features paintings of Bavarian knights and folk heroes.

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    Hohenschwangau Castle History I

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    It is considered that this castle was originally built in the 12th century.
    In 1523 the castle was already described as not useful for defense purposes but with thin walls. The repair by the Italian architect Licio de Spari 1538 - 41 for the building owner, the Augsburg patrician Paumgarten, was nearly a rebuilding.

    Hohenschwangau was destroyed by Napoleon.
    Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria discovered the ruins of Burg Schwanstein while out walking in the Bavarian countryside one day and vowed to restore the castle into a romantic royal residence.
    In 1829 his interest grew and he began negotiations to purchase the ruin and begin the restoration.
    In 1832 he finally acquired the ruin for 7,000 guilders.
    Maximilian put Domenico Quaglio in charge of the restoration of the castle in a Gothic style.
    Quaglio was also a painter of architectural and theatrical scenes. And so the construction of the first Bavarian fairytale castle was underway.

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    Nightview of the castle Hochenschwangau

    by codrutz Updated Feb 18, 2004

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    When decided to go there and visit the famous castles of King Ludvig of Bavaria, you will reach Schwangau, which is the little village where you accomodate for the next day to visit the two royal castles.
    Here is one picture I took the night I've reached Hochenschwangau, coming from Innsbruck.

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    King Ludwig II of Bavaria

    by codrutz Written Feb 18, 2004

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    Ludwig II King of Bavaria

    For the biography of the "King of dreams", "Mad king", "King of the swans" you are advised to read my TRAVELOGUE or visit the official website of Hochenswangau, following the link below.

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