Schloss Hohenschwangau

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Schloss Hohenschwangau
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Castles
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The yellow Gothic castle in which King Ludwig II spend his childhood.
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kuu-kanko
Helsinki, Finland567 contributions
Dec 2021 • Solo
The tour here cost almost twice as much as the tour of Neuschwanstein. I took the audio guide tour, which took exactly 30 minutes. I found the price a little bit expensive for such a short tour, especially as this castle is not that famous.

The castle is not far away from the village, even though some material suggest reserving 20 to 30 minutes for the walk. The path with the stairs took a bit over 5 minutes and it took directly to the courtyard where the entrance gate was.

The entrance was similar to Neuschwanstein: you have to wait outside for your tour to start. There's an automated gate that doesn't let you in even a second before the tour time. You need to show the QR code from the ticket to the reader at the gate (showing it from the mobile worked fine). Bavaria was in 2G Plus Covid restrictions when I was there and both the vaccination certificate and the recent test result were checked manually at the gate.

Inside the castle you get a tour of two floors: the lower floor with the Queen's residence and the upper floor with the King's. Sure it's impressive and beautiful, but not that special compared to many other castles.

However the main effort was getting to Hohenschwangau, so I decided to visit this castle too. Ticket availability was much better than to Neuschwanstein. I bought my ticket online two days before the visit.
Written December 12, 2021
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Rita S
499520171 contributions
Sep 2021
So, we were a little confused as to the set up at the start. Basically there are 4 car parks. Parking is around €8 for the day, at least it was in P1 which we were told was the cheaper car park of them all but can not say for certain that it was. All the car parks are aabout the same short walk to the main ticket office. From here you can buy your ticket to either Hohenschwangau or Neuschwanstein castle, walking in one direction to the one castle, then returning to the same area and walking in another direction to the other castle. Both walks are up a steep tarmac path or you can take the horse and cart. We had visited Neuschwanstein castle over 30 years ago but when we went on line to buy the tickets they were just impossible to get so we resigned ourselves to doing just Hohenschwangau and just walking up to Neuschwanstein, having a look around the outside and walking back. It was a Sunday and we found the weekends at this time of the year (September) to be very manic in the tourist areas. We got to the car park around 10 (we were staying 10 mins up the road in Fussen), and got in easily in the car park. We went to the ticket office to buy a ticket for Hohenschwangau castle and easily got a ticket for Neuschwanstein castle for 2.30. The walk up is not as long as they say but it is uphill to both castles so make sure you have decent shoes on and fit enough to do the walks. Also when doing the castle tours there are a lot of steps particularly in Neuschwanstein castle, at least 100 steps up and another 100 or more down on a spiral staircase which made you feel a little dizzy. You can only go inside the castles with a guided tour, you have an audio guide in your own language which explains everything though you also have an individual guide who accompanies you. We thought the Hohenschwangau guided tour was so much better as the girl added extra commentary which was interesting. You must do both castles whilst you are there, they relate to each other in their history. At the base were the ticket office is there are some small shops selling gifts and restaurants were you can stop for coffee or lunch. At the top of Neuschwanstein you can buy snacks or a drink also a restaurant. At the ticket office area you have to pay for the toilet, if you go to Neuschwanstein when you enter with your ticket into the court yard there are toilets here which are free. You can enter this area 10 mins before your tour but when your tour is called up do not be late or you will not be allowed in, they are quite strict about this and will not let you on the next tour.
Written September 27, 2021
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MiriamElst
Vienna, Austria32 contributions
Aug 2021
ATTENTION: Tourist trap!!
This is one of the biggest tourist rip off places to visit and one of the most boring castles. The same as Neuschwanstein.
Expensive tickets for a visit that hardly takes an hour.

You were not allowed to take pictures, not even with your phone.
The so called mural art works were the level of children paintings.

The only thing worthy is the nature surrounding the place.
Written September 6, 2021
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McKenna N
Gainesville, FL119 contributions
Jul 2020
Let's be real: everyone's come to Fussen to see Neuschwanstein, but you should not miss Hehnschwangau while you're here! This palace is actually far more historical, Neuschwanstein was never really used as a palace, and the inside is actually complete. When buying your tickets, go ahead and reserve for both palaces and enjoy a full morning.
Written February 23, 2021
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Amy H
Rainham, UK59 contributions
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 January 13, 2021
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chrisallay
Stafford, UK51 contributions
Sep 2020
The guide we had was knowledgeable and all but got fidgety when was asked about WC facilities Poor !
Written September 18, 2020
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exploringwithjune
The Netherlands331 contributions
Jul 2020
After Neuschwanstein Castle was completely sold out on the dates of our holiday, we booked tickets online for schloss Hogenschwangau. The website worked well and our group was quite small (only around 8-10 people), which made it easy to keep our distance. The website showed that there were multiple tours a day. But out of the, maybe, 15 tours, only 2 of them were in English. The rest were all in German.

You'll park at the bottom of the hill and in around 15 minutes you'll reach the entrance to the castle by foot. The road up the hill is not to steep and quite wide, making it accessible also for prams etc. We had to wait outside the gates until a few minutes before our tour started. The castle courtyards were therefore deserted.

When entering the castle, you are asked to wait in the hall until the tour guide shows up. Our tour guide, Carmen, was very kind and extremely knowledgeable. Also her English was perfect. I loved learning more about the history of the area and the inside of the schloss is gorgeous; with its stunning murals, decadent furniture and lovely views.

Our tour took around 40 minutes. Tickets for adults and kids older than 7 cost 18 euros. This is definitely more expensive than some other castles, but it also feels a bit more special.

After you leave the castle, you're able to walk around the courtyard some more and there is a giftshop.
Written September 13, 2020
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Suz
Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Germany23 contributions
Sep 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 September 5, 2020
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Lucinda T
Kingman, AZ344 contributions
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 May 31, 2020
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Acineto
Auckland Central, New Zealand17,499 contributions
Dec 2019
The castle is in the same town as the Neuschwanstein Castle. It is closer and the yellow colouration makes it look very interesting. There are horse carriages that also head up to this castle. There is also a stairwell which looks like a shortcut to get up.
We didn't have time to explore the area but would have liked to come up here too. It is lower than Neuschwanstein but seems to overlook the pond area behind the castle.
Written April 24, 2020
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