This is one of my favourite places in the world!! Not only the castle but the countryside and mountains surrounding it, its like being in a dream for me. I love the castle, I love the story behind it and I even like that its still not completed after the death of King Ludwig
The foundation stone was laid on 5th Sept 1869
The neo-Romanesque castle complex has a variety of structures was created off the plans by Eduard Riedel and scteches from a scene painter Christian Jank – King Ludwig II played a major part as well int he design and look of the castle
Its crowded in summer so if you can go a few months before or after as its going to be packed!
If camping, there are a few options around, I used Camper contact app to find a campsite and it was perfect!
Entrance to castles are at a certain time so get there early to secure the time you want
Give yourself an extra 30mins to get up to the castle itself especially if you choose to walk
You can book your tickets in advance from their website here
If you have time, I recommend to visit the Museum of the Bavarian Kings, it was really interesting!
If you are visiting both castles, I would recommend to give around 2-3hrs between visits – time your tours!
Prices: Neus-15euro / Hohens-21euro / Museum 14euro
Perched on the side of the mountain overlooking the Schwangau countryside and surrounded by a few other castles, it sits there in its own looking like its out of this world in its own fantasyland
Located in the southern part of Germany in the beautiful Bavarian region
There are a few walking tracks around the wood area and from these pathways you can get some really great photos of the castle looking down at the countryside
Map of the 6 floors of the castle – we are only allowed to see part of 1 floor which is a shame and some of the castle isnt finished yet
There was a local bus that we caught from the campsite to the castle complex – its only a 10min drive
We couldnt believe how this huge red thing of a bus fit into the tiny streets! It could barely turn this corner yet the Germans can always do anything 🙂
Its not very often but better than nothing!
First up close glimpse from the bus! bloody excited…
The entrance to the castles and the museum were all together at the base of both castles next to Alpsee
Yep! a really touristy spot! Make sure that you get here as early as possible as it fills up from 11am onwards and gets very busy, we were glad we got there early because as soon as we saw the crazy amount of tourists buses come in and park we freaked out
We got to the ticket complex where all the tourist info was about visiting the castles in the area – there were different options of getting to the castle, we chose the walk as I remember it being steep but really nice to do as you can enjoy the view and take your time
The walk up was nice, passed by the many different modes of transportations
We kept Neuschwanstein until the end so we had a late afternoon tour for 3:25pm
As you walk up to the castle it becomes apparent just how HUGE this castle really is! It looms over you as you approach it and has such a personality where it just doesnt want to be forgotten!
The forecourt of the castle
King Ludwig wanted the castle to have several different sections : a gateway building, Knights building, ladies apartments, royal palace a keep and chapel
When he died in 1886, only the gateway building, knights building and palace had been finished, inside the building only the kitchen, adjacent rooms, royal apartments, throne room and singers call were finished
This is the bridge you can hike up to to take the epic photo of the castle with the countryside at the back – its not a tough hike and I highly recommend it!
INTERIOR OF THE CASTLE
We couldnt take any photos of the inside on our tour so ive taken some from online so I can remember when i look back at this post…
There are only around 15 rooms finished and the project was cancelled upon the death of King Ludgwig
Escape plan – map of the interior
The Kights Bath – one of the unfinished rooms – high ceiling room was inteneted to have a large pool in the floor. Ludwig wanted to recreate the bathing ritual of the Kinghts of the Holy Grail (he identified himself with them as he had read descriptions of this ceremony in medieval poems)
The Throne hall – There are paintings of Jesus and the 12 Apostles and 6 canonised kings
The murals were created by Wilhelm Hauschild
Painting details so intricate! A lot of the themes to these murals were also taken from the Operas of Richard Wagner
His bedroom – so beautifully decorated with deep luscious colours – they had tiny beds in those days!
The main hall of Singers – The grand concert hall was one of the favourite parts of King Ludwig – designed for opera performances of Richard Wagner (who was his favourite)
The walls are decorated with images from Romantic legends from Lohengrin and Parzival bought to life by Waygner
The drawing room
The Dining Room
St George and the Dragon in the throne room
Beautful murals of German legends and myths are painted all throughout the castle in each room taken from his love of medieval times and what he read in stories and poems
The really interesting and wierd grotto inside the castle
A stage designer called August Dirigl built the artificaial stalactities
Interesting that King Ludwig was ahead of the times and he had central heating, flushing toilets and running water and an electrical bell system for the servants
And the view outside from the grotto
The castle kitchen
We exited a differnet way we came through some underground tunnel
BACK TO THE PAST… THE CASTLE BACK IN 2005…
My last time that I was here was a lot different – I had a printed map to get around, I had to use the internet cafe to print my train tickets and timetable and I didnt know what was around the surrounding countryside as I didnt have google maps to research!
times have changed!
In 2005 we hiked up to the view point from the bridge
This is in 2005 – the first time I went, I was so happy to be there I hugged the castle!
I know I wasnt meant to but I took some sneaky photos of the inside – this castle was a beauty!
View of Hohenschwangau castle – not as touristy as it is these days, didnt experience all the bunch of coaches and buses parked in the car park
The Fussen train station back then, its changed a bit
King Ludwig II whose creation and over the top imagination created this castle