Schloss Neuschwanstein Local Customs

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    Swans everywhere - of course :-)

    by Trekki Updated Sep 24, 2013

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    Swans were considered a symbol of purity in the old cultures. And swans were part of the coat of arms of the Nobles of Schwangau, former inhabitants of Hohenschwangau Castle in approx.12th century. Max II, King of Bavaria, father of Ludwig II, liked the old legends with Parsival and his son, Lohengrin being his favourite. Thus he had the dining room of Hohenschwangau Castle painted with scenes of the old legends. This and the swans on Alpsee, which Ludwig often fed with his mother and brother might well have laid the passion for swans into Ludwig’s heart. It is said that they were his favourite animals.

    Neuschwanstein Castle would somehow translate into New Swan Stone Castle, although this is not the original name given to it by his creator, King Ludwig II. The passion for Richard Wagner’s operas and especially for Lohengrin, which he watched when he was 16 years old, added to his fascination of swans. So it is most logical that the swan is the omnipresent leitmotif inside the Neuschwanstein Castle and its surroundings. The Royal salon for example exhibits this grand majolica swan which was meant to be a flower pot, and the tap of the washbasin has the form of a swan too. There are swans everywhere, in the wooden carved benches, in the wrought ironwork at the doors, in paintings, on the glass door to the wintergarden. I have read that a visitor once counted the swans in the Royal living room, the one dedicated to Lohengrin and the swan, and the result was 160!

    There is even a swan on top of Hohenschwangau Castle, but I realised that only after I came back and looked at my photos. My main photo is of the barn-like building next to parking P4. I didn’t see a sign of what it is, maybe storage for the boats. But it is easy to find. And then, instead of the otherwise usual wreath, there is a swan on top of the maypole (third photo).

    All in all I am sure that kids will have a lot of fun when they have the task to find as many swans as possible, in case they become bored while mom and dad tour the castles.

    (Continue here =>) Don’t miss the beautiful maypole of Hohenschwangau on the way to bus, carriage or walking path.

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    Add your stone to the cairns in Pöllatschlucht

    by Trekki Updated Sep 4, 2013

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    Once I arrived at the bottom of Pöllatschlucht (Pöllat Gorge), I saw a huge field of cairns and kids piling up their stones. I found that this is a very nice custom, to say that one was here and to show connectivity to the place without doing rude and criminal graffiti anywhere inside or outside of the castle,

    Usually cairns are meant to be landmarks or sign posts to show where a path carries on, but cairn fields are more like a fun thing to do, a kind of taking a life of its own. To me it is like with Roman Fontana di Trevi: it is custom to throw a coin to come back. But I am throwing coins into many waters where I want to come back.

    Cairns should be erected only when it does not affect nature protection. Here, at the bottom of the gorge, it seems not to affect nature because the stones are rather small and even if there would be high water of Pöllat River after snow melting, they won’t do any harm because the river has many terraces and ponds in his course downhill.

    Location of the cairn field in Pöllatschlucht on Google Maps.

    (Continue here =>) At the end of Pöllatschlucht we are back at the parking area where we came from.

    © Ingrid D., July 2013 (so please do not copy my text or photos without my permission).

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    Hohenschwangau's beautiful maypole

    by Trekki Updated Aug 3, 2013

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    Located in a central position of Hohenschwangau village, on the way from ticket centre to Museum of Bavarian Kings and Alpsee is its maypole. It is really beautiful and characterises the village and its significant businesses. Like a maypole does, throughout Bavaria and many other regions in Germany.

    However, Bavarian maypoles are special because they show the pride of being Bavarian with the characteristic white-blue stripes, reflecting the white-blue flag of Bavaria. [On the side note: never say blue-white, because that is wrong! And never argue with Bavarians about the colour sequence because they know better] The symbols for the local businesses – guild signs - are a marvellous work, especially against the blue sky. The major local topics are of course, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein Castle, that’s why they are on top of the symbols. Then there is one for Bleckenau, former hunting lodge of Max II of Bayern and his family, today a mountain inn. The spring that provides water supply for Neuschwanstein Castle until today is close by Bleckenau, by the way. Of course, the sign for Museum of Bavarian Kings is there, as well as the one for Restaurant Alpenrose. Other restaurants and hotels are represented, souvenir shops and also the carriage operators. And of course the famous beer, König Ludwig Dunkel, made by König Ludwig Schlossbrauerei, which is owned by Wittelsbach family.

    The Facebook page of Hohenschwangau has nice (public) photos of preparing and erecting their maypole (May 2011).

    But I am not sure if visitors really know that this maypole is symbol for Bavarian local customs. Quite contrary: I saw it being called “signpost” and also when I took my photos people stopped by and seemed to wonder what I was doing, or why I photographed that “signpost”. I wasn’t in the mood to discuss, but will surely will do it next time.

    Location of Hohenschwangau’s maypole on Google Maps.

    (Continue here =>) Before moving up to the castle, some words about the best viewpoints.

    © Ingrid D., July 2013 (so please do not copy my text or photos without my permission).

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  • Castle Tours

    by sabsi Written Aug 27, 2005

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    A tour is about to start

    Every ticket that you buy before going to the castle has a time and a tour number printed on it. Inside the castle's yard there are automatic barriers which you can only enter when your tour number appears on the display. Perfect to keep organisation at the castle to a minimum but King Ludwig II. would still turn in his grave (which is in Munich by the way ;) if he saw all the modern stuff in his dream castle ;).

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    A nice meeting

    by Azhut Updated Aug 12, 2005

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    After arriving by the Alpsee you will probably see a group of wonderful swans. These animals are used to be feed by tourists so they are not shy in front of you, and they can also come in your direction to look around for something to eat. If you are lucky you will probably have the chance to touch them without receiving their bites!
    Their presence gives to the lake a very poetry imagery; especially at the sunset on a late springtime day.

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    Visiting the castle rooms

    by rich77 Written Jan 9, 2004

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    Neuschwanstein Castle

    Opening times of Neuschwanstein Castle
    April - September: 9 am - 6 pm
    Cash desk open from 8 am - 5 pm
    October -March: 10 am - 4 pm
    Cash desk open from 9 am - 3 pm

    Closed on the following days:
    1.1., Shrove Tuesday, 24.12., 25.12., 31.12

    Where: Ticketcenter Neuschwanstein - Hohenschwangau
    Alpseestr. 12, 87645 Hohenschwangau

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    Flowers

    by TinKan Updated Apr 11, 2003

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    Flowers

    Dotted around the area and in the castle grounds are some lovley flowers. Much care is taken to keep fresh flowers around the palace. They sure do cheer up the place on a cloudy day.

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