In case you come by car, make sure you don’t miss the charming church of St. Coloman, to the east of Schwangau village. Visitors arriving from the east or north will pass it anyhow because the sign “Königsschlösser”/”Royal Castles” will lead past it.
I saw this little church first in 2011, when I passed Schwangau and loved it because of the beautiful location in the middle of the fields. The location, especially when one stands east of the church, is breathtaking with the mountains as the backdrop. Sadly it is not always open, only – as far as I know – from 14:30 to 16:30 from mid May until mid October. I was again here on my way to Neuschwanstein Castle, but too early, and when I came back it was already too late to get inside. But next time I make sure that I won’t miss the inside, because, according to the photos I saw on Schwangau’s website (on the German part, sadly the English part does not show it), it is beautiful.
The church is devoted to St. Coloman, an Irish pilgrim who, on his way to the Holy Land, took a break from his journey here. During the course of his time he also passed the Austrian village of Stockerau, where he was hanged for “exotic appearance”. He is patron of travellers, cattle and the hanged. Schwangau celebrates his day of death with a most spectacular tradition, the Colomansritt, or Coloman Ride. On the second Sunday each October, all horses are beautifully ornated and, together with their riders and carriages, the procession moves from the village to St. Coloman Church. A mass is being held, horses, people, cattle and nature are being blessed and afterwards it is time for a Brotzeit in the fields.
[When I passed the village in October 2011, I saw the procession of horses and people passing by. But silly as I was at that time, I didn’t even try to park the car and take photos. Next time for sure I’ll do]
Location of St Coloman Church on Google Maps.
(Continue here =>) In case you intend to stay longer in the village, check the interesting arrangements provided by the hotels.
© Ingrid D., July 2013 (so please do not copy my text or photos without my permission).
If you have been the Neuschwanstein 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 former hunting lodge. From there, it is a 2-3 hour hike down to Neuschwanstein Castle. The trail brings you right over the Marienbrücke and down past the castle towards the parking areas. At that point you can catch a bus back to your starting point in Schwangau or meet up with others that opted to explore the castle while you hiked.
Of course, you can do this all in reverse by starting at the castle and heading up without the benefit of the cable car, saving that adventure for the end when you come back down from Tegelberg.
The Tegelberg website has current weather information and other details that will be handy for planning a hike in the area.
Current prices (2012) for the cable car are €11,80 one-way or €18,40 round trip with a slight discount for children.
Hiking Tegelberg is recommended for the physically fit with the right equipment (sturdy shoes, jackets, etc.). Not recommended for children.
If you want a small taste of the trail, then you can walk for a bit past the Marienbrücke – keep going across the bridge and follow the path. You will see signs to Tegelberg along with warning signs to stay on the path and only travel this path in the summertime.
This is a way to see Neuschwanstein from a vantage point that most visitors don’t see. Allow yourself the day to make the round trip journey with ample time to enjoy the views.
Fussen is a charming little town in Bavaria and its located 5 kilometers from the Austrian border. This little town become interesting because castle Heuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. It is 700 year old town and very popular destination for a weekend because it is located in the heart of Alpine region.
Jugend is place where you will get another great view for making photos. From there you will see a nice view on Hohenschwangau castle and wonderful view of Alps mountains and lakes behind it.
This view point is located near Marien Brucke when you getting down. Also it is favorite place of King Ludving II.
This yellow Castle was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and it was built by his father King Maximilian II. Castle is located in the German village of Schwangau, near town Fussen. Fussen is charming place close to the border with Austria.
Hohenschwangau was summer and hunting residence of Ludwig's family.
From the Neuschwanstein you have amazing view of Hohenschwangau.
Ticket prices: 9 eur for adults
8 eur for groups (15 members), students,visitor over 65 years
free for children under 18
Opening times: April – September 8.00 am – 5.30 pm
Oktober – March 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
We advise you not to be limited only going to Marienbrucke. After admiring beautiful view at Neuschwanstein go downstairs to see wonderful Pollat water stream!
75 meters of water falls deserves close watching.
From the Pollat Canyon, where water roars it's music; the Castle appeared so silent and quiet - like a sleeping Giant.
Everybody who visits Hohenschwangau knows about its Castles. But few people know how wonderful is the gorge that frames the mountain where Neuschwanstein is situated. We advise you to have a walk around Neuschwanstein Castle. You will get a great pleasure from beautiful canyon.
The Pollat Gorge is a canyon around Neuschwanstein. Walking up in thoughts along the gorge it’s good to understand mad king and his ideals…
There is the little Schwansee (Swan Lake) in the middle of the former garden of Hohenschwangau, only a short walk away from the Neuschwanstein castle. The setting of this sleepy lake, which is picturesquely surrounded by the wooded Allgäuer Alps, is particularly attractive.
This lake is not such deep as Alpsee, therefore it is warmer. It's good for bathing and swimming. Such rest is especially pleasant, as the beautiful castle of Neuschwanstein is visible on the distance.*
The numerous lakes, both large and small, have given the east part of the Allgau where Neuschwanstein is located the name of "Ostallgauer Seenplatte" (literally, a lowland plain with many lakes).
From Neuschwanstein there is a splendid view at Alpsee. It nestles between wooded mountain slopes in an area of un spoilt natural beauty. Even as a child, Ludwig particularly loved the romantic lake.
Today there are many hiking trails in the vicinity of Alpsee. On almost all of them the walker is following in the steps of the king. A circular path leads round the shore which is more or less in its natural state and is protected as a nature reserve.
When I was going to visit Hohenschwangau, I examined in Internet hundreds various photos. However I have not seen the image of Neuschwanstein from the Alpsee. Therefore I consider my photos from the lake as my success.
When making the trek up to Schloss Neuschwanstein take a little extra time to walk around the village nestled at the base of the hill. It’s a quaint little mountain town that’s small enough to explore on foot. There are cute little restaurants and pubs in the city center and getting “lost” on the little streets is a great way to find amazing buildings (like the little red church I encountered pictured here). And after all isn’t that what traveling is all about? The exploration of the unknown. Take the later train, relax and get to know this little gem of a town.
You will get a fantastic view of the Neuschwanstein Castle if you walk out to the Marienbrucke (bridge)... There are plenty of walking paths around the castle where you can get some amazing views...it's definitely worth spending the time going for a walk after you have done the tour.
I am not so sure that this is necessarily "off the beaten path"; however, it was (more or less) for me. You see, I had no idea that the path led to where it did...
Let me explain. You see, my brother, son, and I had just traversed Neuschwanstein and were looking for ways to prolong our stay in the area. As we walked away from the palace, we both noticed a path leading downward that noone else was taking. And we instantly made our decision. We took it.
As you descend, you'll notice the steps getting slicker and slicker. Be careful, but keep an eye about you. You'll notice the roses better in order to smell 'em. It also helps to have a seven-year old kid...they're slow when they are tired, ya see.
On the way down there are a few rest spots (benches with a trash can next to them) where the tykes can sit and wonder if the knights in shining armor are gonna pop up and you can take the time to have a well-deserved smoke. When you get to the bottom, you gasp at the sight.
The falls of Pollat Gorge were probably the most awe-inspiring sight my entire trip to Europe. And they aren't really that big. Nothing like Niagara or Victoria Falls. But they are a beauty. They are surrounded by beauty. And I got to share them with two people I hold very dear, and I hope to again.
Take someone you love down to the bottom of Pollat Gorge...and while you are there your fears and problems and worries will all be but a whisper in the roar of the falls. Share that with someone and they'll thank you for it.
In the valley at the bottom of the hill is a sled run that was a blast. As you can see, NO snow is required. I think we had more fun then the kids there did.