Schloss Hohenschwangau
Schloss Hohenschwangau
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The yellow Gothic castle in which King Ludwig II spend his childhood.
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  • sellocello
    St. Albans, United Kingdom290 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful castle with rich history
    Only 10-20 minutes walk from tourist centre. Beautiful castle with some interesting history. All of the rooms we visited were well preserved or refurbished. The guided tour was very good and well organised. The little gardens in front very cute. Needs booking in advance and you have to wait for your preassigned guided tour slot.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 4 August 2023
  • musketeer1645
    Exeter, United Kingdom276 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive
    The tour of the castle is very impressive but, to me, incomplete. You see the rooms used by the family and they are fascinating and impressive but there is nothing to see relating to the people who worked there. It would have been interesting to see the servants' quarters and to hear something of what life was like in the castle both for the family and the servants. One note of advice - book your tickets online through the official castle website before you go. It's easy to do and, if you book a few weeks in advance, you'll be sure of being able to visit the castle on a day and at a time of your choosing. Just a note of advice if you want to make Hohenschwangau village a touring base for your holiday. The village is a single street with a few hotels and some shops selling tourist souvenirs. It leads only to Alpsee which has the Museum der bayerischen Konige near the shore. The scenery is lovely but if you want more to see and do, I'd recommend staying in Fussen which is about 15 minutes away by car (there's also a bus route).
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 September 2023
  • Stefano B
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy70 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent tour
    We definitively do not agree with the reviews that say that the visit of this castle is not worth ! It is: it takes 45 minutes, and you're shown about 10 rooms on 3 floors. The fact that our guide was very kind and we could interact with her and that she provided for us the audio-guide as we were Italians in a German guided tour (+ another foreign couple) and we could hear both the guide and the audio-guide, has been a plus ! I'm not used to give tips: this time I was pleased to give.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 December 2023
  • Walter T
    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania217 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the visit
    Stay over the night before and take the first tour in the AM. Make sure you have your tour tickets well in advance online. Don't bother coming if you cannot walk up three flights of stairs. That said, the tour is around 45 minutes and really interesting with paintings and ivory carvings. The history of the castle dating from the 12th century is pretty amazing.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 16 June 2024
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Karen M
Kirkwall, UK1,199 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Not as picturesque as it's nearby neighbour, however still worth a visit. Book a ticket online in advance as only guided tours get you access to the inside. A pleasant walk from the parking area (car parking is chargeable) with views across the lake & to Schloss Neuschwanstein. The gardens are worth a stroll whilst you wait. The interior tells a story with lots of painted rooms - the guide gives you lots of history - tour is about 35 minutes.
Written 28 July 2022
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beckabock
Hornchurch, UK146 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We went here as part of a combined ticket with another castle in the area. This is by guided tour, that was scheduled prior to our visit. It is well worth booking a timed ticket before, to save queueing in the ticket office. The guided tour was informative and clear to understand. The guide was very knowledgeable, who you could ask anything about the castle, but most of the things he said already answered your next question. The tour covered a lot of the beautiful rooms in the castle, and we never met another tour group, even though they were 15 mins before and after us. Well worth a visit! Also has beautiful views from the top of the mountains and the neighbouring castle. Only thing to note; we went in winter and it is cold in the castle inside and out, so wrap up warm if you plan to visit in cold temperatures.
Written 3 February 2020
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Lucinda T
Kingman, AZ328 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
This castle had a long and interesting history before Maximilian II bought it in 1832 (the second time that that the Wittelsbachs owned it.) The castle had fallen into ruins more than once and was renovated a few times over the centuries, however the neogothic style that it has today was completed under the direction of Max II. He used it as the official summer and hunting residence for the family, and therefore his son Ludwig II spent many years of his youth there (although the King and Queen lived in the main castle and their two sons in the annex.) His wife, Marie of Prussia loved to hike and took a personal interest in the look of the gardens. There are three fountains on the somewhat small castle grounds including the swan fountain and the lion fountain. Even with a lot of tourists the gardens were peaceful. Personally, I loved the interior -- which was totally liveable. Too bad you can't go through the "secret" passage ways between rooms and floors. Unless you're a hiker, take a horse carriage up and the walk down the staircase shortcut.
Written 31 May 2020
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Amy H
Rainham, UK154 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020 • Couples
On everyone's bucket list should be a visit to Schloss Neuschwanstein but also Schloss Hohenscwangau. We were unable to get a tour inside of Neuschwanstein due to COVID-19 restrictions, but was able to get a tour inside of Hohenscwangau instead. This wonderful castle gets overshadowed a bit by its big brother, but it really should not be missed.

I have never visited a place with such beautiful artwork and murals inside. Maybe going a bit far to say that the only place that I've ever been which was better was the Sistine Chapel in The Vatican.

We had a wonderful guide, I have forgotten his name but he was an older gentleman. His knowledge of the castle was excellent and he was clearly passionate about his job, answering any questions we had. There were only 5 of us on our tour too which made the experience even better.

This place is a must visit.
Written 13 January 2021
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ViennaHarlowe
Syracuse, NY145 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Solo
I'm a huge fan of King Ludwig and just being here was wonderful. I took the brief tour. Photo taking isn't allowed inside any of the castles as far as I know, so I spent some extra money on the photo books available in each gift shop of the castles I visited. I still look at the books years later. (I visited in March 2015, but there was no option for this date on the drop down menu on Trip Advisor). Hohenschwangau wasn't quite as awe inspiring as her neighbor, Neuschwanstein or as stunning as Linderhof, but still worth a visit. I arrived at opening time and got my tickets before heading into the little store next to the ticket purchasing area (cash only) where I bought a pre-packaged sandwich, some snacks, and a drink before walking up. I believe there were quite a few stairs. I sat outside near the castle beneath the trees and ate my lunch while enjoying the spectacular views. Will never forget it. Hope to move to this area someday. I went 4 times in a week and was rewarded with different weather and different company each time. Don't forget to stop in the gift shop also. I found many beautiful gifts to take home with me. (I bought a suitcase at a Woolworths in the neighboring town of Füssen, where I stayed, and stuffed all of my purchases in it for the trip home. I only paid $25 for it and it was much easier than bringing a suitcase with me originally….Fast forward 7 years and the price of the suitcases at Woolworths were now around 50 to 60 euros) Also, pay attention to your ticket time when purchasing online. I accidentally messed up our timeframe and missed a scheduled tour in the Autumn of 2022! The Königsschlösser combination ticket is available at the desks of Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, and Herrenchiemsee and there are different options to combine these 3 attractions. There is also the separate Bavarian Castle Pass, otherwise known as The Bavarian Palace Pass or the Bayern Schloss Pass and this gets you admission to over 40 palaces, castles, and other sites within Bavaria/Bayern. If you compare these prices with the cost of each attraction individually (go to the Bavarian Palace Department website map to calculate/research which sites you want to visit) and you may be able to save some money.
Written 16 March 2023
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musketeer1645
Exeter, UK276 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
The tour of the castle is very impressive but, to me, incomplete. You see the rooms used by the family and they are fascinating and impressive but there is nothing to see relating to the people who worked there. It would have been interesting to see the servants' quarters and to hear something of what life was like in the castle both for the family and the servants. One note of advice - book your tickets online through the official castle website before you go. It's easy to do and, if you book a few weeks in advance, you'll be sure of being able to visit the castle on a day and at a time of your choosing.

Just a note of advice if you want to make Hohenschwangau village a touring base for your holiday. The village is a single street with a few hotels and some shops selling tourist souvenirs. It leads only to Alpsee which has the Museum der bayerischen Konige near the shore. The scenery is lovely but if you want more to see and do, I'd recommend staying in Fussen which is about 15 minutes away by car (there's also a bus route).
Written 24 September 2023
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Suz
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany23 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Couples
Childhood home of King Ludwig but not that spectacular. His own castles are much more interesting to visit. I would highly recommend skipping this and make better use your day to see castles Neuschwanstein and Linderhof, which is only about 1/2 hour away.
Written 5 September 2020
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Stefano B
Abbadia Lariana, Italy70 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
We definitively do not agree with the reviews that say that the visit of this castle is not worth ! It is: it takes 45 minutes, and you're shown about 10 rooms on 3 floors. The fact that our guide was very kind and we could interact with her and that she provided for us the audio-guide as we were Italians in a German guided tour (+ another foreign couple) and we could hear both the guide and the audio-guide, has been a plus ! I'm not used to give tips: this time I was pleased to give.
Written 9 December 2023
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Marko
London, UK163 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022 • Family
The visit was to the older and smaller of the two castles. The escorted tour took about 30 minutes, using hand held audio guides.

The views are great and it is a superb place to visit.

Tips… parking at the “base location” costs 10 euros (parking elsewhere was not available); WCs at the castle are free (1 euro each lower down); a water fountain is available near the main car park,but there are none up the hill; taking the horse drawn carriage to the castle is a luxury, as the walk only took 10 minutes.
Written 26 August 2022
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FlowerLover77
Houston, TX365 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
This was a great tour of a beautiful castle. The castle is extremely well kept and filled with original furniture, artwork and beautiful decorations. The horse carriage to take you up to the castle is right near the ticket office at the base of the hill, or you could walk up to the castle which takes around 15 minutes from the ticket office. You cannot take any pictures or video inside the castle.
Written 17 July 2022
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