The castle "Hohenschwangau"

The "nursery" of the young King Ludwig II.

The history of  Opens external link in new windowHohenschwangau Castle goes far back. Schwanstein Castle was mentioned for the first time in the 12th century.
At that time the Knights of Schwangau lived here. Over the centuries the castle was badly damaged.

In 1832 crown prince Maximilian, the later King Max II acquired this castle. During the next 5 years, Maximilian reconstructed the castle to today's Hohenschwangau Castle. King Max II and his family use the castle as a summer and hunting residency.

After the death of King Max II, his son, King Ludwig II, took over the royal apartments and had them re-decorated according to his ideas.
He also spent a great deal of time in Hohenschwangau Castle. The royal apartments, the palace gardens and the castle kitchen are still preserved and can therefore be visited at any time.

The building Hohenschwangau Castle

From 1832-1836 Kronprinz Maximilian had the medieval castle Schwanstein neo-gothic style to the castle Hohenschwangau rebuild and expand. The exterior appearance of the castle was adapted to that of the medieval castle.

The interior of the 19th century is still very well preserved. Each room of the royal apartments is decorated with murals, designed by Moritz von Schwind and Ludwig Lindenschmidt the Elder. Were prepared.

The Schwanseepark below Hohenschwangau Castle

Whoever walks along the paths through the Schwanseepark today follows historical traces. All paths were planned and implemented almost 160 years ago. At that time, the noble ladies and gentlemen strolled through the park for the courtly society, which "walked" on these paths. There are more than 60 kilometers of hiking trails in the Schwanseepark and the neighboring Alpseekessel, sometimes up to 7 floors with paths one above the other.

Many of the ways that were used to bring the gentlemen as close to nature as possible have unfortunately disappeared in the course of time. The English garden is revolutionary, nature is sacred, the parks become a reflection of the landscape as God created it. And so the Schwanseepark is created. A dense network of paths is created, bays are to be driven along the streams, a horse track and a jumping field are laid out. With the installation of solitary trees, with sight axes and with tree groups, width and size should be simulated.

How much farsightedness it was already necessary at the time to imagine how the plants would look like in decades. Above the swan, Queen Marie even has a tear terrace for companies, which is unfortunately no longer accessible.

Prices and opening hours

from 01.04. to 30.9.

Monday to Sunday from 9:00 Uhr

from 01.10. to 31.03.

Monday to Sunday from 10:00 Uhr

except 24. December

Entrance fee for adults 9,00 Euro


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