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Schloss Hohenschwangau, Hohenschwangau

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Castles, Tourist Spots
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A 19th-century palace, Schloss Hohenschwangau served as the childhood home of King Ludwig II. The castle was built on the site of a ruined fortress and quickly became a favorite hunting residence for the royal family. The interior of the palace contains numerous grand halls. They've largely been left in the state the royals would have enjoyed, with ornate period furniture and lavish wall murals. Many sections of the castle are open to visitors, but you need to make prior arrangements for a guided tour. You can arrive for your tour in royal style: A horse carriage starts at the ticket office in the village below the palace. Check online for tour options. See Schloss Hohenschwangau and all Hohenschwangau has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hohenschwangau travel itinerary planner.
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  • I would definitely recommend Schloss Hohenschwangau to anyone going to Schloss Neuschwanstein (or in the town for a day!). It's an interesting place to visit, as it is not your typical palace with ins...  read more »
  • A summer residence Jean A. Vachon Ottawa - Hohenschwangau castle perched on a hill in even the village, the castle of Hohenschwangau, literally, "the area of the Swan", still belongs to the descendants of the Royal family of Bavaria and is used primarily for summer residence. The Castle occupies the site of a medieval fortress. Redesigned in 1538-1547, it becomes the property of the Wittelsbach 1567 family. Several times destroyed, King Maximilian II, father of Louis II, transformed the ruins of the fortress and its castle in a Gothic Revival mansion. Miscellaneous Louis II is spent part of his childhood. His mother, Marie of Prussia (1805-1889), live in the Castle three years after the death of his son. She died there in 1889. After the death of Luitpold, prince regent, in 1912, the castle became a museum the following year. Then in 1923, he returned to the Royal family who adopts it as his favorite summer residence. No damage during the two world wars, the Interior has been preserved in its original state. Miscellaneous the murals that decorate the interior walls represent achievements chevalresques of the Germanic tradition, especially in the Hall of heroes. They date from 1535-1536. The visit allows to enter the intimacy of the Wittelsbach family and admire interesting furniture in the middle of the 19th century. Wagner played on a piano preserved in the House of the Hohenstaufen. Unlike the castle of Neuschwanstein, the castle of Hoheschwangau is accessible to visitors with disabilities. Waiting for the visit in small groups is carried out in the garden in terraces where there is some splendid views. Also indicate that it is one of the few places where the water closets... I even noticed there a manual, a first in all my travels! English summary This fortress and castle built on a hill in the village was initially built in the XII century. Several times destroyed, it was acquired in 1832 by the crown-prince Maximilian who restored it in a neo-gothic style. The royal family used it for several years as it's main residence. Louis II, the sound of Maximilian, passed most of his youthful years in this castle. When he died, his mother, Mary of Prussia, stayed three more years in Hohenschwangau until her death. Her brother in law, died in the castle in 1912. The following year, the manor became a museum for a short time before being given to it's proper owners who, from then on, used the castle as their favorite summer house. Left looking during the two world wars, the castle's furniture is in its original state, and gives visitors a true picture of the royal family's everyday life. Contrary to it's most famous counterpart, the Castle Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau is accessible to handicaped visitors. It is the only place where toilets are free! In the toilet, I even saw for the first time the proper use of a toilet cabinet! Personal comments taking pictures is prohibited to promote the sales of photos of places, but I got there by removing the flash function and by being at the tail of the visitor group... Finally, indicate that this castle tour reveals ample luxurious quality of life of the Germanic Royal family.
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  • Of course it's not as impressive as the Castle, however, is worth mto worth due to their inner beauty and historic factor! I loved it! Nominate for sure!
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  • The location and views are incredible from the lake below. After the hour long hike up through a thousand tourists things get less extraordinary. The castle tour is interesting but tour groups can get loud. Make sure to book tour tickets ahead of time
  • The overshadowed twin (for the right reasons)? Definitely not as ambitious as Neuschwanstein but still impressive in its own right.
  • Very nice view. A bit less impressive than the castle of neuschwanstein, but more authentic due to the fact that people really lived here.
  • Not as monumental as the Neuschwanstein. Be sure to take a round trip around the Alpsee, it's much more worth the time, with exceptional views to the castle.
  • Great castle and it's literally right across from the Neuschwanstein castle. It's smaller than the Neuschwanstein, but still just as amazing to check out. I would visit both if you have the time in Fussen.
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