Schwangau Travel Guide

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Schwangau Highlights

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     Breathtaking views and wonderful castles 

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     Visit off season! Approx. 5000 visitors per day in the summer. 

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     A Must To See When In Bavaria 

Schwangau Things to Do

  • Neuschwanstein

    Neuschwanstein in Bavaria is a castle in Hohenschwangau near Füssen in the Allgäu, built in the second half of the 19th century by (the later declared insane) or Louis King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is the most famous building of Louis II and with some 1.3 million visitors a year, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany. Construction...

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  • Around Schwangau

    Strolling around the area is refreshing - nice views, green everywhere, calm lake, and thick forest. Adn when you get really tired and hungry, there are several restaurants on the main town area.

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  • Gorge and waterfalls

    Coming down from the marienbrucke we headed down to the town of Schwangau to catch our bus coming back to Munich, after our tour of the Neuschwanstein castle. The gorge is a nice sight, the road is well elaborated and a very leisure walk along stairs, trees around, as well as the long stream of water with several falls along the way.

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  • Neuschwanstein Castle ground

    There's like a terrace a bit down the castle where you can get a good shot of the castle plus a good view of the gorge below. Benches are also there to rest for awhile after a tiring walk to the castle grounds from the small town below.You have to wait at the inside right after the entrance for your batch number to flash on the red electronic...

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  • Marienbrücke

    The Marienbrucke is located over the Pollat Gorge and it's made up of steel. Lots of people go to the bridge as it offer the best view of the Neuschwanstein castle. There is a waterfalls below and few steps before the bridge, there's a stairs going down leading you to a very refreshing scenic walk down back to the Schwangau town. It's about half an...

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  • Neuschwanstein Castle

    The theaterically designed castle is located on top of a hill in Schwangau. I joined the tour group from Radius Tour and we left the Munich Hauptbahnhof at around 10am, tour cost EUR35 including all the transport and a comic guide.When you're in Munich, put this one in your agenda. Takes around 2 hours from Munich to Schwangau by trian/bus. The...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle

    The yellow castle below the Neuschwanstein castle is the Schloss Hohenschwagau, it also sits on top a lower hill and right in the main town area of Hohenschwagain beside the swan lake. It is also the residence of King Ludwig II during his childhood years and built by his father - Bavarian King Maximillian II.This castle is less popular than...

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  • Neuschwanstein

    Probably the most famous castle in Germany, set against a fantastic backdrop of lakes and mountains, and steeped in the history of a tragic fairy tale King, you would be crazy to miss out on visiting this spectacular place.

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  • Ride the Tegelberg cable car

    A short walk away from the Royal Castles, you can find the mountain, Tegelberg. It has fantastic views from the top, and you can either walk up or take the Cablecar up. There is a restaurant at the top and the views over the Alps are amazing. You can watch the hang gliders and paragliders jump off the top, and if you wish, you can take a walk to...

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  • Palace Neuschwanstein

    The "fairytale castle" of King Ludwig II, with over 1 million visitors a year.Kind Ludwig II commissioned the castle to be built in 1868. The solitary monarch's desire was to turn his friend Richard Wagner's operas into reality. The architectural plans were drawn up by Eduard Riedel, and building began in 1869. In 1874, George Dollmann took over...

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  • Visit Schloss Hohenschwangau

    There are two castles in the Schwangau area, Schloss Neuschwanstein, the most famous castle of "Mad King Ludwig II" which the Disney castle was modelled on. The other castle, Hohenschwangau was where Ludwig II's family lived and where he stayed when Neuschwanstein was being built. You can buy a ticket for a tour of both of the castles which gives...

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  • Castle from Neuschwanstein

    Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic surrounded by mountains and lakes.

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  • Neuschwanstein Castle

    The picture cycles of Neuschwanstein were inspired to Ludwig by the operas of Richard Wagner, to whom the king dedicated the castle. The pictures were not however directly modeled on Wagner's works, but on the medieval legends that the composer had also taken as the basis for his works. The pictures on the walls of the castle deal with love and...

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  • Hohenschwangau Castle

    Crown Prince Maximilian II of Bavaria, Ludwig II's father, had the ruined castle of Schwanstein rebuilt from 1832 in the "Gothic style". Young Ludwig was influenced by the romantic mountain scenery and the summer castle became one of his favorite places to stay.

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  • Wallfahrtskirche St Coloman

    The only historical monument of note in Schwangau itself is the Baroque Wallfahrtskirche St Coloman, which is set in isolation in the meadows north of town. Dedicated to an eleventh-century Irish martyr, it was designed and decorated by Johann Schmutzer. On the second Sunday of October, it's the setting for one of Germany's most picturesque and...

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Schwangau Restaurants

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    by Hellfirejen Written Sep 27, 2011

    I've been visiting Schwangau for eleven years now but only started to eat here in the last few visits. I could kick myself for not going there earlier. The food is fantastic, especially the tomato soup and the tirimasu! The pasta dishes are excellent and the pizzas are HUGE! (you can get smaller sizes though). This restaurant doesnt look much from the pictures on its website but please dont be put off. The staff are friendly and the owner Franco, speaks good English. A definate must for anyone staying in the area!

    Favorite Dish: The tomato soup to start, then any of the pizzas followed by tirimasu if you have room! Its delicious and so light!!!

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Schwangau Transportation

  • Tour group

    OK I took the train and bus going to and coming back from Schwangau to see the Neuschwanstein castle but I joined the tour group. It's much convenient though a bit over than going on my own.Radius Tours - where I booked my castle tour is one of those popular tour agency in Munich, heard about them previously but I totally forgot, then again, the...

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  • horse-drwan carriage

    If you want to see both castles (Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau) is it maybe better and nicer to drive with a horse-drawn carriage to the castles. It is easier because the castles in the mountains.A little bus drives also to Neuschwanstein.You find the horse-drawn carriage and the bus not far from the ticket office.

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Schwangau Warnings and Dangers

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    by whvcebu Written Apr 18, 2004

    If you can arrange it, avoid going there on a beautiful sunny weekend or during vacation time in Germany. It is no fun at all to be among this many people. No parking space, the horse driven cars to bring you up to the castle are all occupied, the tour through the castle makes you wait in endles queues, prices are up, food is louzy. Best time to select is during the week on a slight overcast day.

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    • Architecture
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Schwangau Tourist Traps

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    by shdw100 Written Feb 24, 2003

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    There will be some older gentlemen there wanting you to ride in their horse drawn carriage to the castle. DON'T DO IT. It is overpriced and we almost missed our tour of the castles because he wanted to fill the whole carriage first, then leave. I showed him what time our tour started, and he still waited. It was not worth it!!

    Fun Alternatives: The suggested alternative is to walk to the castles. It doesn't take that much longer, you may get a little winded, but it's worth the trip!

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Schwangau Off The Beaten Path

  • Pollat gorge

    The wild romantic Pollat gorge is impressive and certainly worth a visit.It's situated just under the mountain where Neuschwanstein Castle towers. The Pollat stream bends the castle around from the north. The picturesque track goes down in the gorge. It is possible here to have a rest from crowds of tourists and vanity of world famous sight.

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  • Wieskirche

    Just north of Schwangau after visiting Mad King Ludwi's castles and while your senses are still tingling from an overexposure to grandeur on the grandest scale, follow the signs to Wieskirche, or the church in der wiess.Cameras will not do it justice so buy a few postcards instead.Even my Hindu wife and daughter sat in the pews for 30 minutes...

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  • see the Palaces of King Louis

    Anybody visiting this area should never miss the opportunity to visit the castles. Neuschwanstein is most likely the best known among them due to its architecture and is many times the background scene for leaflets, posters, commericals and movies alike, but the most beautyful is the palace Linderhof.

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Schwangau Sports & Outdoors

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    by Kuznetsov_Sergey Updated Feb 12, 2007

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    There are 120 km of hiking trails in Schwangau, its alpine character preserved by the protected mountain world.

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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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Schwangau Favorites

  • Two castels at one day

    You can buy at the ticket office for both castles, Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein, tickets and save 1 Euro. Try to buy the tickets in the morning when the ticket office opens or if you more than 1 day there buy the tickets a day before you want to have the guided tour because a lot of people want a ticket and so you must wait long time at the...

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  • Swan Country

    Schwangau means "Swan Country", and the presence of a sizeable colony of these aloof birds has cast a spell on rulers of the area down the centuries. As the decoration of their fantasy castles testifies, the nineteenth-century Bavarian kings Maximilian II and his son Ludwig II were obsessed by the swan motif and the medieval Grail legends...

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  • Forggensee

    The Forggensee is an artificial lake named after the part of Schwangau (Forggen). The Lech-river had to be flooded to build this lake. The Lake Forggensee with an area of 16 square kilometers is a paradise for water sport enthusiasts, unspoilt by buildings and freely accessible almost all the way round.

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