The present castle, where King Ludwig II of Bavaria spent his childhood has been built during the reign of his father Maximilian of Bavaria , who in 1832 commissioned the renovation of medieval ruins of former castle Schwanstein. The new building followed the neo-Gothic style of Domenico Quaglio.
The works were finished in 1937, and Schloss Hohenschwangau became the official summer residence of king Maximilian , his wife Marie and two sons Ludwig and Otto ( later Otto I of Bavaria).
After death of his father in 1864 Ludwig became the next King of Bavaria, and later started to build his own castle nearby, the famous Neuschwanstein.
Today the castle is opened for the visitors, who can join the guided tour, or use an audio guide.
The 35 min. tour goes through bedrooms of the king Maximilian and his wife Marie of Prussia , dressing room of King Maximilian II and King Ludwig II and the reception room Hall of Heroes and Knights. The 19th century interiors are heavily decorated with stucco works and paintings based on old German tales. The guests have to be prepared for climbing total of 90 steps up to the third floor.
The castle is located above small town Schwangau, the cars can go up to the village Hohenschwangau, with the parking, some restaurants and the ticket office, where one can also buy the tickets for famous Schloss Neuschwanstein.
9.00 – 18.00 Apr – Sep
9.00 – 16.00 Oct – Mar
Phone: +49 (0) 83 62 – 93 08 30
E-mail : info(at)ticket-center-hohenschwangau.de
Guides: Residences of Ludwig II