Hohenschwangau Castle, Fussen, Germany

Seated amidst the Bavarian Black Forests and in the backdrop of the Alps, the Hohenschwangau Castle is nothing less than ‘exotic’. As the meandering mountain forest road takes you up to the castle, you can’t help stare down at the emerald green Lake Alpsee below. It’s a perfect setting that defines an exotic vacation and this used to be the childhood residence of the famed King Ludwig II!

Hohenschwangau Entry Gate
Hohenschwangau Castle Entry Gate

As the guides take you go through the history of the castle, you automatically wonder what it would have been to be born in such a magical place like this. It’s not surprising that the little prince Ludwig II grew to be called the Swan King and an ardent lover of art, music, and nature. It was his addiction for art that set led to the construction of the Neuschwanstein Castle – the inspiration behind the Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty Castle’. King Ludwig II was a true connoisseur as he spent all his personal fortune on projects such grand as these (no public fund was used in these works of art!).

To reach the Hohenschwangau Castle, you can make a trek from the Hohenschwangau Village bus stop or take a horse cart ride up the hills, Do remember that it would be a steep climb and trekking by foot isn’t recommended if you feel weak on your legs. The visiting hours to the castle is limited between 9 am in the morning to 6 pm in the evening and is open across the year except for Christmas).

View of Neuschwanstein from Hohenschwangau
View of Neuschwanstein from Hohenschwangau Castle

If you are in Germany and are a lover of art and nature, this is the perfect place to be. Don’t miss the Neuschwanstein either. It is just up the same hills and the Hohenschwangau Castle offers a great view of it!

Don’t miss the Neuschwanstein Castle either when you are here!


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