In a town near Fussen, there’s a village called Hohenschwangau (meaning High Swan County). And in this village, the enchanting Hohenschwangau castle is situated. This castle was built in the 19th century by King Maximilian II of Bavaria. And a childhood residence of his son, Prince Ludwig II (later King Ludwig II of Bavaria). It has a neogothic style with a bright yellow exterior color.
Later on, King Ludwig II built his own castle ‘Neuschwanstein’, which is a very close proximity to his childhood home.
Both castles can be visited only by guided tours.
There are a couple of ways to get to Hohenschwangau castle – bus and car. My family and I drove to get there. There are designated parking spaces below the castle (as it is situated at the top). It takes about 15 minutes walk to reach the castle. There are cafes and gift shops while waiting for your guided tour.
The tour lasted about 35 minutes. The guide explained significant events and history about the castle and the royal family. One of the key points I remembered was the importance of the ‘Swan’ icon. As you may have noticed, both castles have ‘schwan’ which means ‘Swan’.
– Website: http://www.hohenschwangau.de/430.html
– Location: Ticket-Center-Hohenschwangau, Alpseestrasse 12 D-87645 Hohenschwangau