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 Kingdom289 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written August 4, 2023
  • musketeer1645
    Exeter, United Kingdom273 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • Stefano B
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy69 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
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 8, 2023
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tinus
Trnava, Slovakia26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
This castle is very pretty a lot to see there. Tour was about 45 minutes. Our tour guide Frederika was very kind and communicative. This castle have very beautiful views
Written May 5, 2024
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Stefano B
Abbadia Lariana, Italy69 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 December 9, 2023
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anna h
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
Beautiful place,very famous castles in bavaria.Very rich in history.This was a great tour and its a must to visit
Written October 23, 2023
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Brad
Hong Kong, China173,036 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Couples
There are two historic castle visits at the village of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria. These include Schloss Hohenschwangau which was built from 1832-1836 by Maximillian II as well as Schloss Neuschwantstein, which is colloquially known as the 'fairy-tale' castle built by Maximillian's son Ludwig II from 1869 until 1886 when constructed was halted after the king's death.

Schloss Hohenschwangau is located on a lower hillside, overlooking the village. It is a yellow coloured, Neo-Gothic style palace that is open from 10am to 4pm (daily) during winter months and from 9am to 6pm (daily) during summer months. Entry fee is €21.50 + €2.50 handling fee per adult and can be purchased online in advance. Unlike Neuschwantstein, which we found to be fully booked up for several weeks into the future, there were limited tickets to Hohenschwangau available on the day which could be picked up at the Ticket Office in the village.

In addition to visiting the two castles, there is a museum in town dedicated to the Bavarian Kings as well as a charming bridge called Marienbrücke over the Pöellat Gorge where you have remarkable views of Neuschwantstein. These can make for good additional sightseeing in the area. You will also find a handful of eateries and souvenir shops in the village if needed.

Note: If you are doing a self-drive day trip, there is a fair amount of car park space available right in the main village right at the main roundabout in front of the Hohenschwangau Tourist Information Centre. It is not cheap at €10 per day but very convenient for those with vehicles.

Note: The TI Centre has public toilet facilities (€1 per use) just next to the front entrance. There is a staffed window and change machine for those who need to break Euro notes into coins for payment.
Written October 10, 2023
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Jennifer E
New Jersey48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Couples
This was my favorite castle tour - both inside and out! The grounds are beautiful and more accessible, with less crowds. The tour felt intimate and I loved the art throughout. Love our pictures and memories of this place.
Written October 9, 2023
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musketeer1645
Exeter, UK273 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 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 September 24, 2023
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jun462
Ottawa, Canada2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We bought online tickets in advance. Today we took train from Munich to there. DB cancelled the train in late minute. We had to manager to transfer a few times and eventually reached there one hour later.
The lady in front of door refused to let us in and did not want providing any helps for us. Besides, her attitude was very rude. Basically, they just took memory from my pocket, and did not provide anything.
I took Germany trains to travel in the country every day recently, surprised me, no single ride was on time, from ICE to RB, always delayed.
Don’t feel to be treated well as a visitor, probably won’t come back anymore.
Written August 25, 2023
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sellocello
St. Albans, UK289 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Couples
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.
Written August 4, 2023
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Vsm09
South Carolina555 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Couples
Bit of a climb but then you would not get the views ! Lovely furnishings inside and really nice castle overall. Worth a stop in the guest shop/kitchen.
Written May 24, 2023
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Chel1304
Antigua316 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
This was my favourite of the 2 castles, I think mainly due to the guide Marina who was far more knowledgeable and engaging than the day prior when we visited the Neuschwanstein castle. This along with all the family home details .. admittedly it’s not as beautiful sat on the hill like a Disney relic.. but it was charming & we enjoyed the tour very much & thoroughly recommend.
Written May 19, 2023
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