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Schloss Hohenschwangau, Hohenschwangau

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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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  • This castle is sometimes overlooked given the fame of Neuschwanstein, but you should give it consideration once you are in the area. The Kings Tour Ticket provides entrace to both castles. Both castle...  more »
  • A bit overshadowed by its neighbor, this is a beautiful place as well. The tour guides are knowledgeable, although you are a bit rushed through the castle because the schedule is quite precise. It's w...  more »
  • It's still worth a visit. Lovely place and amazing scenery. Coeliac food options poor so pack a lunch. The horses looked so sad so we walked up to the castle from the ticket office. Nice walk, lovely ...  more »
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  • Loved it! Well preserved castle with original furnishings. The guided tour is little rushed through, but you can roam around the courtyards, garden, gift-shop/kitchen etc. before or after the half-an-hour tour. I believe they only show you two floors, top floor is off-limits.
  • It's a beautiful Castle and a lovely place to spend half a day at. But please make sure you realize that the steep ticket price isn't worth the whole experience as only 5 rooms are shown to the public and it is strictly not allowed to take pictures or wait for more time in the castle to admire the beauty of the paintings and sculptures. Do carry enough food with you as the place is often crowded and the food outlets are only near the ticket center.
  • The service was great the souvenir store had great stuff and the guided tour was great. A small place but with amazing detail. Worth the time.
  • very pretty. like the other castle better but this one was great also. short walk up
  • We loved our visit to Hohenschwangau Castle! The tour groups are smaller than at Neuschwanstein and you get to see more rooms, more of the castle, and hear more details from the tour guides. Our guide was very professional and knowledgeable and provided a great tour. Do make your reservations online ahead of time. It will allow you to show up close to your tour time and not have to wait. It does cost €2-3 more but is worth the time saved. I recommend doing the tour of Hohenschwangau, then taking the bus or hiking over to see Neuschwanstein but skipping the tour of that castle. You only see 3 rooms and the groups are so large that it is not a pleasant experience. The best part is viewing the exterior design.

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