Schloß Hohenschwangau Travel Guide

  • Schloß Hohenschwangau
    by BruceDunning
  • View of the castle from distance
    View of the castle from distance
    by BruceDunning
  • View of castle from main street
    View of castle from main street
    by BruceDunning

Schloß Hohenschwangau Things to Do

  • Ticket Office

    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...

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  • Carriage 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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  • The town of Schwangau

    It still is a town, even though overshadowed by the castles and hotels/restaurants. Once it must have been a more serene area to come and visit.

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  • Views from the central courtyard

    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

    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...

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  • View from afar

    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...

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  • much better castle than Neuschwanstein

    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...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle in the night...

    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...

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  • Mountain ridge - "from Jugend"

    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....

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  • Swimming bath

    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

    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,...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle Interiors

    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...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle History II

    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...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle History I

    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...

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  • Nightview of the castle Hochenschwangau

    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

    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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  • I love this picture

    This is my favourite picture from Hochenschwangau. It is taken from one of the castle's courtyards, looking down to the village of Schwangau, with it's lovely white painted houses.The forest, the lake and the mountains really mix to a nice athmosphere here, and I'm not surprised why iy is such a popular destination in Bavaria.

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  • Tour of the castle

    A must do activity is of course to visit the castle. For that you will have to buy tickets from the ticket office, which you can't miss (everybody in the morning will head there) and there will be a small crowd (I was lucky to visit in a very relaxed time of the year) :)One 15EURO ticket will give you guided tour to BOTH of the castles, with...

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  • Hocheschwangau - "the upper land of the...

    It is interesting to know that Hochenschwangau means in strict translation "the upper land of the swans". And it's true that one important symbol for this part of the world is the swan.So you will find everywhere in both Ludvig's castles (Hochenschwangau & Neuschweinstein) the majestic swan.

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  • A little history

    Schloss (Castle) Hochenschwangau - the yellow one :) was the childhood residence of King Ludvig II of Bavaria (about which I invite you to read below). He had a dream whilst living at Hochenschwangau, in fact, he had a lot of dreams, and he could afford almost anything, so he built his own dream castle - Schloss Neuschwenstein.

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  • The whole view

    Waiting for the bus to the next castle, you take a direct look to Schloss Hochenschwangau. You can see it's two parts (each one with it's own courtyards). What a nice tour we had, the interior is really great - no pics, but you can always get the book.

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  • Another gorgeous view from the windows

    Probably King Ludwig wanted to keep his childhood castle in sight. Looks very far, but it isn't.

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  • View of Neuschwenstein from...

    Again from the courtyard of the "yellow one", taking a glimpse to the second castle to visit in the next hours. It's really nice to have two castles so close, Hochenschwangau is ten minutes by foot from the ticket counter and Neuschwenstein is ten minutes by bus and then half an hour to walk down - a great walk!

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  • Gorgeous views

    Taking pictures inside the castle is forbidden, but the guide will tell you that the outside views are not "copyrighted" and you can take as many you like. So you will miss some of his explanations, but you will stare out of the windows trying to get a better photo.This view to the lake is really fantastic!

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Schloß Hohenschwangau Transportation

  • Horse-drawn carriage

    How to get Hohenschwangau Castle by horse-drawn carriage or on footDeparture point: From Ticket-Center. Uphill: € 3.50. Downhill: € 1.50.Approximate riding time from the car-parks to the castle: 10 minutes.You can also reach Hohenschwangau by foot, just follow the signs.Approximate walking time from the car-parks to the castle: 15 minutes.

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  • Parking for Hohenschwangau (as of 1/04)

    Plenty of parking is available in Hohenschwangau. Cars can be parked for 4.00€ per day, busses for 8.00€ per day, campers and vans for 6.00€ per day, and motorcycles for 1.50€ per day. No parking is allowed between 8:00 pm and 8:00 am.

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Schloß Hohenschwangau Local Customs

  • Ticket prices “Hohenschwangau Castle”

    Adults € 9.00Pupils, Students, Military Service and Alternative Service € 8.00Visitors over 65 years of age and disabled visitors when showing valid identification Groups, at least 15 members € 8.00(This discount only applies if all tickets are bought and paid for at one time by one person.)Children under 18 years of age free.During the tour, you...

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  • Ticket prices “King's Ticket”

    Visiting both Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle on the same day, starting with Hohenschwangau castleAdults € 17.00Pupils, Students, Military Service and Alternative Service € 15.00Visitors over 65 years of age and disabled visitors when showing valid identification.Groups, at least 15 members € 15.00.

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle - Ticket sale

    Tickets for the Royal Castles are available exclusively from the Ticket-Center. Tour number and time of entrance to the Castle are printed on the tickets.Visitors may receive detailed information on possible entrance times to the Royal Castles in the Ticket-Center. You may receive tickets with time of entrance to the castle noted on the ticket....

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Schloß Hohenschwangau Tourist Traps

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    No smoking and no cameras in the Castle.

    Visits are only possible with a guided tour.

    Dogs are not allowed in the Castle.

    NO cameras in the castle!
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Schloß Hohenschwangau Favorites

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 11, 2007

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    Favorite thing: A leitmotif of the castle’s interiors is the swan. The swan was the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau, whose successor the king considered himself to be. It is also the Christian symbol of the "purity" for which Ludwig strived.

    Hohenschwangau was decorated with scenes from medieval legends and poetry, including the legend of the swan knight Lohengrin. Ludwig identified himself when still a boy with Lohengrin, to whom Richard Wagner dedicated a romantic opera in 1850.

    Hohenschwangau - the Alpsee - Schwan
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