The Neuschwanstein Castle in Hohenschwangau is one of the most popular sights in Germany, attracting more than one million visitors every year, with its romantic, imprinted architecture and interior decoration. A lot of visitors have the “dream castle” in summer.
It is often forgotten how beautiful the castle is presented in a winter wonderland landscape.
Stay in one of the lovingly furnished rooms at the four-star superior holiday and wellness hotel Schlosskrone with the unique castle health center and the in-house pastry shop since 1896.
The reputation of the pastry shop was already reaching Hohenschwangau to the Bavarian nobility. During this time, Majors and Highnesses such as Prince Luitpold of Bavaria and Her Majesty Empress Elisabeth of Austria visited this house. So a must for every Neuschwanstein visitor to stay here.
To start the day successfully, start with an extended breakfast in your hotel and enjoy the rich breakfast.
Neuschwanstein Castle is only a few minutes’ drive from the hotel. A perfect starting point for this wintery excursion is the paid parking in Hohenschwangau.
From the parking lots you can easily reach the Hohenschwangau ticket center, which offers a combination ticket for the visit of the castles. The castle visits are only possible in the form of a guided tour of about 30 minutes each.
The castles tour should begin with the smaller of the two castles – Hohenschwangau Castle. From the ticket center you follow the well-signposted path to Hohenschwangau Castle and enjoy magnificent views of the Allgäu mountains.
The Hohenschwangau castle was created in its current form as a neo-gothic residential castle from the ruins of the castle Schwanstein, which King Maximilian II acquired in the 30s of the 19th century. Until his death in 1864, he lived together with his family in the castle, so that his son fairytale king Ludwig II grew up here almost.
After a visit to Hohenschwangau Castle, with more than 90 artful paintings showing motifs from the worlds of legends and fairy tales as well as the history of the building, the snow-covered forests lead up to Neuschwanstein Castle, which reminds of a medieval castle from the outside .
In the rooms and halls of the castle, visitors will be delighted with countless art treasures, precious furniture, golden decor and an impressive technique that was ahead of their time. Numerous paintings as well as wall and ceiling paintings take you into the world of legends and fairy tales, for which King Ludwig II, who created Neuschwanstein as his private retreat, had a great fascination.
Combine the visit of the castles with a small hike, a horse-drawn sleigh ride or a gondola ride with the Tegelbergbahn and visit one of the numerous huts such as the Rohrkopfhütte, the mountain guesthouse Bleckenau.
After this romantic, imposing but also exhausting excursion, you will return to your hotel “Schlosskrone”, where you can relax in the castle sauna or have a massage pampered.
A round end of the day at the castles is a dinner in the Bavarian restaurant “Himmelsstube” or in the Italian Ristorante “Chili”. Here you will find everything your heart desires. Especially the dessert creations from the confectionery let hearts beat faster.
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