While Neuschwanstein Castle is a fantasy castle, based on Wagner’s operas, Schloss Hohenschwangau is more down to earth, more homey, and more sensible. It was the childhood home of King Ludwig II when he was a prince and his father, Maximilian II was king of Bavaria. The interior is very much romanticized and most likely had a heavy influence in...more
After you have climbed the hill to Hohenschwangau, you will arrive in the courtyard. It is here that the tours begin and you will find the electronic display telling you when your tour will queue up. In the meantime, walk around the grounds and see some of the interesting things that Hohenschwangau has to look at. There are several fountains on the...more
At the end of the road from the ticket office, Schloss Hohenschwangau and the parking lot is the Alpsee, a lake that is in a marvelous setting in the mountains. This is the lake that you see from the top of the hill at Neuschwanstein Castle. On a clear sunny day, the mountains reflect in the calm water of the lake. Ducks and swans gracefully glide...more
There are two primary ways visitors get to the top of the hill for their Hohenschwangau tour – walk or ride in a horse-drawn carriage. While walking is the cheapest (free!), some are not able or willing to make the 20 minute walk up hill. Riding in a horse-drawn carriage is certainly the most romantic and fun, but there are typically long lines to...more
On a good day, the area around Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein is a photographer’s delight! The beauty of the landscape and the interesting details of the castles make it fun for anyone to take photos. First things first – NO photos are allowed inside either of the castles. Don’t even try it. Just put the camera away and enjoy the tour. Take all...more
First things first – be sure to get your tickets BEFORE you head up the hill to the castle because they don’t sell tickets at the top of the hill. There is a building dedicated to ticket sales and, in the busy times, the lines can be long. However, I have found that the lines do move quickly. There seems to be an efficient system in place and the...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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...more
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....more
If you are driving, don’t expect to get a parking space in front of the castles; there aren’t any to be had. In fact, don’t expect to get a parking space anywhere near the castle. They are all located at the bottom of the hill and a healthy walk from the start of the tours.Each time I’ve been to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau(4 times so far), we...more
If you take the train, you would arrive at the Füssen train station and then catch one of the local buses to the castle area. Once in Füssen, catch the RVA/OVG 73 bus in the direction to Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen or the RVA/OVG 78 bus in the direction to Schwangau, getting off at the Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße stop. For your return,...more
Each time I have been to Schloss Hohenschwangau (four times so far) we have driven our car and parked at the nearby lots. On my most recent visit, we drove to the castle, but I took the train from Füssen home.Driving is very simple and the signs clearly lead you to the castles. You will need to get to the towns of Füssen or Schwangau from wherever...more
As with any well visited attraction there are countless shops to sell you just about any kind of trinket with a photo of the castle on it. I’ve browsed through some of the shops and find that overall the prices are very reasonable; the vendors don’t seem to feel the need to gouge you on their wares.
The shops in the castles are my favorite though as the items are a higher quality. At the start of the castle tour of Hohenschwangau, you will the castle shop; if you wait until after the tour, you will need to walk back around the castle to reach the shop. If you didn’t see anything in there that you wanted, there are plenty of shops along the road to the castle and in the ticket office area and the parking areas. You have no excuse if you want to buy something and don’t – they give you plenty of opportunities.
I typically do not buy souvenirs as my photos are my reminders of my trips, but every now and then something strikes me and I buy it. The last time I took the tour of the castle, I eyed a beautiful blue pillow with a swan and the Bavarian crest on it, but I didn’t buy it at the time. Disappointed later that I didn’t get it, I asked my daughter to pick it up for me on her tour to the castle, which she did and the pillow now sits in my living room as a reminder Bavaria.
I recommend that you make your purchases after you have done the climb and tour of the castle so you don’t have to carry your packages with you up the hill.
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...more
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.more
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....more
According to Neuschwanstein Castle’s website, on the busiest days in the summer the castle have up to 6,000 people on the tours (in one day!). Even if only half that number visit Schloss Hohenschwangau, that’s still a lot of people!
What does that mean for you?
Most importantly, if your schedule is flexible, try to go during a different time of the year. I’ve been twice in September, once in late August, and once in early June. Each time was busy but not super crowded; the worst times will be late June to mid-August when schools are on holiday. If you have to go during this time, reserve your tickets online .
Mentally prepare for crowds and allow more time than you think you will need. Allow more time to find parking, use the bathrooms, purchase your tickets, get to the top of the hill, etc. When there are large crowds, you will be slowed down. Allowing yourselves extra time will eliminate that frustration that comes from having to rush.
Be aware of your surroundings. Thieves and pickpockets thrive in areas that are crowded. While I’ve never heard of someone getting their things stolen in this area (unlike in the bigger cities), you don’t want to be one of those people. Watch what is going on around you and those you are with – keep an eye on your things and your friends. Have them keep an eye on you – look out for each other. Take those basic safety precautions of not having lots of valuables and money within easy grasp. Be smart and enjoy your time at Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.
No smoking and no cameras in the Castle.
Visits are only possible with a guided tour.
Dogs are not allowed in the Castle.
If you don't have time to tour Neuschwanstein after your tour of Hohenschwangau, you still might want to consider hiking up to the Marienbrücke. Mary’s Bridge is where many of those classic photos of Neuschwanstein Castle are taken. Named after Queen Mary, mother of King Ludwig II who built the castle, it was built in 1866 and stretches across the...more
If you have been the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau before or are looking for a new way to explore a well traveled route, then consider hiking from the village of Schwangau to the castle by way of Tegelberg mountain. You can begin at the Tegelberg cablecar in Schwangua which will take you near the top of the mountain to the restaurant that was a...more
I love swans. I’m just drawn to them although I’m not sure why. I think they are some of the most graceful creatures on the planet. And the lake beside Schloss Hohenschwangaue has swans in it. After all, swans are a big part of both castles!The swans are beautiful as they gracefully glide over the water of the Alpsee. Enjoy them from a distance. On...more
While there are bathrooms around Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, they are not well advertised and when you do find them they are usually crowded – although some more than others. Here are the ones that I’ve found in my visits to the area:1. Near the main parking area below the ticket office (see my tip on parking for an explanation of the...more
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...more