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HOHENSCHWANGAU CASTLE

 

 

From 1832 until 1836  Crownprince Maximilian of Bavaria let the ruin of Schwanstein Castle being rebuilt in neo-gothic style.
Hohenschwangau Castle was one of the summer residences for the bavarian royal family. 

 

 

 

Historical information about Hohenschwangau Castle

History of the castle

History of the castle

Hohenschwangau Castle was mentioned the first time in records of the 12th century.

Until the 16th century its owners were the knights of Schwangau. During the following time it changed hands a couple of times and was partially destroyed during different wars.

In 1832 the later King Maximilian II., father of King Ludwig II., acquired the ruin and had the castle rebuilt according to original plans. After its completion it used to be the summer and hunting residence of the Bavarian royal family. In his whole life, the famous Bavarian King Ludwig II. spent a few weeks each summer in Hohenschwangau.

Since 1928 the Wilttelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds owns Hohenschwangau Castle.

 

The hall of the heroes

The hall of the heroes

The largest room in Hohenschwangau Castle is the banquet hall, which is also called “the hall of the heroes”. The paintings show different scenes of the Wilkina Saga and its hero Dietrich von Bern.

The Queens bedroom

The Queens bedroom

The “oriental room” used to be the bedroom of Queen Mary, the mother of King Ludwig II. King Maximilian II had this room furnished after his return of his journey through Turkey and Greece in 1832/1833.

The Hohenstaufen-Room

The Hohenstaufen-Room

»Hohenstaufen Room«  

The “Hohenstaufen-Room” served King Maximilian II. and King Ludwig II. as dressing room. But it was King Ludwig II. music room as well. The piano, which is to be seen in here, was probably the one, the famous composer Richard Wagner used to play, when he visited Hohenschwangau Castle.

The Kings bedroom

The Kings bedroom

  »Tasso Room«

The "Tasso-Room" was the bedroom of the kings. King Ludwig II. had something extraordinary installed in this room. There is a starry sky with illuminatable stars and moon, integrated in the ceiling.

The "Berchta"-room

The "Berchta"-room

The "Berchta-Room" was the writing room of Queen Mary. Surrounded by beautiful panted ornaments, the murals tell the Bavarian version of the legend about the birth of Charlemagne. 

 

 

How to get to Hohenschwangau Castle

Horse Carriages to Hohenschwangau Castle

Horse Carriages to Hohenschwangau Castle

...can not be reserved.
Carriage-stop Village: in front of the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau
Carraige-stop Castle: Hohenschwangau Castle

Rates: 
uphill: € 4,50
downhill: € 2,00
You pay directly to the horse carriage driver.
Duration of the ride: 10 minutes

Walking distance to Hohenschwangau Castle

Walking distance to Hohenschwangau Castle

- uphill
duration: 20 minutes

private car - not possible

private car - not possible

The roads to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle are absolutly closed for public cars. 

There are 4 parking lots in the village Hohenschwangau.

(P1 = next to Rasthaus, P2 =  at the roundabout, P3 = next to the cafe Kainz; P4 = next to the lake Alpsee)

Parking fees:
cars € 6,00
bus/ coaches € 15,00
caravan / camping cars € 8,50
motorbikes € 2,00

 

to enlarge, click on the image

 

 

Tour/ Guided tour through Hohenschwangau Castle

Opening times...

Opening times...

Opening times (Ticket Center)
Tickets for the Castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau can only be purchased in the Ticket Center. 
Tickets for the Museum of the bavarian kings you can also buy directly in the museum.

Winter 2015/2016 (October 16th 2015 - March 18th 2016)
daily from 9.00 - 15.30 o´clock

Summer 2016 ( MArch 19th 2016 - October 15th 2016) 
daily from 8.00 - 17.00 o´clock

Winter 2016/2017 (October 16th 2016 - April 9th 2017)
daily from 9.00 - 15.30 o´clock

CLOSING DATES:
Neuschwanstein Castle: January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st
Hohenschwangau Castle: December 24th


Museum of the bavarian kings: December 24th and 25th, January 1st

 

Tour through the Castles

Tour through the Castles

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle can only be visited within a guided tour.

 

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle can only be visited within a guided tour.

Guided tours are offerd daily from
10.00 - 16.00 o´clock (winter opening times) and
9.00 - 18.00 o´clock (summer opening times)
with limited capacity.

closing dates:
Neuschwanstein Castle: January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st
Hohenschwangau Castle: December 24th
Museum of the bavarian kings: December 24th and 25th

If you reserve tickets, please note and keep in mind your confirmed entrance time. You find it on your confirmation.

!Please note!
Your confirmed entrance time can differ from your desired entrance time. 

Entrance time

Entrance time

You find your entrance time on your ticket. It is very important to arrive at the entrance of the castles at your designated entrance time. Otherwise your tickets will lose their validity and can not be refunded.
The entrance time is written on your ticket as "Einlasszeit". 

Duration of the guided tour

Duration of the guided tour

Neuschwanstein Castle: approx. 30 minutes
Hohenschwangau Castle: approx. 35 minutes

 

Photo or Movies

Photo or Movies

It is strictly forbidden to take photographs or movies inside all sights. 

 

Pets / Animals

Pets / Animals

It is strictly forbidden to take animals inside the sights.  It is also forbidden to take them in bags or rucksacks inside the sights.

 

FAQs - all information from A-Z

FAQs - all information from A-Z

UPDATES - current information

UPDATES - current information

Mary´s bridge closed

At the moment Mary´s bridge (Marienbrücke), the bridge over the Pöllat gorge, is closed for visitors due to major renovation works. The works are expected to continue until the end of May 2016. 

 

Audioguides...

Audioguides...

... are free of charge in Hohenschwangau Castle, Neuschwanstein Castle and the Museum of the Bavarian Kings.

Audioguides are available in the following languages:
...at Neuschwanstein Castle
German, English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Greek, Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Slovenian, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Arabian, Mandarin

...at Hohenschwangau Castle
German, English, Italian, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Mandarin,  Dutch, Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Russian, Japanese

...at the Museum of the Bavarian Kings
German, English, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, French, Mandarin, Russian

 

Animals / Pets

Animals / Pets

It is strictly forbidden to take animals inside all sights. It is also forbidden to take them in bags or rucksacks inside the sights.

 

Bus to Neuschwanstein Castle

Bus to Neuschwanstein Castle

The shuttle-bus to Neuschwanstein Castle can not be reserved. 
Bus stop village: in front of Schlosshotel Lisl
Bus stop castle: Marys bridge (above Neuschwanstein Castle)

Rates: 
uphill: € 1,80
downhill:  € 1,00 
up- and downhill:  € 2,60
You pay at the cashier at the bus sation in front of the Schlosshotel Lisl or directly to the bus driver.

!Please note!
There is a steep 15 minutes walk from the bus stop castle to the entrance of Neuschwanstein Castle. Mary´s bridge is 5 minutes from the bus stop castle.

During the summer time there are significant queues on the bus stations. 

The shuttle bus only operates in suitable weather conditions (no snow or ice).

 

Bicycle

Bicycle

There are bicycle stands across from the entrance of the Museum of the Bavarian Kings. 

 

Bagagge

Bagagge

Baggage can not be stored in the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau! Please note, that it is strictly forbidden to take luggage or backpacks into the Castles. Allowed is only a small handbag.
There are lockers in front of the tourist information Hohenschwangau (medium size).

Buggies / Caddies

Buggies / Caddies

It is forbidden to take buggies inside the castles.

In Neuschwanstein Castle you can leave them in the information center in the courtyard.

In Hohenschwangau Castle you can leave them at the entrance. 

private car - not possible

private car - not possible

The roads to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle are absolutly closed for public cars. 

There are 4 parking lots in the village Hohenschwangau.

(P1 = next to Rasthaus, P2 =  at the roundabout, P3 = next to the cafe Kainz; P4 = next to the lake Alpsee)

Parking fees:
cars € 6,00
bus/ coaches € 15,00
caravan / camping cars € 8,50
motorbikes € 2,00

 

to enlarge, click on the image

Collection of Tickets

Collection of Tickets

Reserved tickets have to be collected at least one hour before your confirmed entrance time at the counter "reserved tickets" in the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau.

If you fail to meet the pick up time your tickets will lose their validity and cannot be refunded. "No-Show"-fees will be charged.

The collection of reserved tickets is only possible at the day of your castle visit. 
The ticket reservation can be cancelled or changed free of charge until 2 hours before your confirmed entrance time. 

 

Cancellation / Changing the reservation

Cancellation / Changing the reservation

The cancellation deadline ends 2 hours before your confirmed entrance time. If you fail to meet the deadline, the reservation fee will be charged. 

Changing the reservation:
Changing your entrance time is subject to availability.

If you fail to meet the pick up time the tickets will lose their validity which will result in a significantly later entrance time, if available.

 

 

Horse Carriages to Neuschwanstein Castle...

Horse Carriages to Neuschwanstein Castle...

.. can not be reserved. 
Carriage-stop village: in front of Hotel Müller
Carriage-stop castle: below Neuschwanstein Castle

Rates: 
uphill: € 6,00
downhill: € 3,00
You pay directly to the horse carriage driver
Duration of the ride: 20 minutes

!Important Notice!
The horse carriages do not drive directly to the main entrance of Neuschwanstein Castle. You need to walk approx. 10 minutes uphill from the carriage-stop castle.
During high season and holidays long waiting times are to be expected.

Horse Carriages to Hohenschwangau Castle

Horse Carriages to Hohenschwangau Castle

...can not be reserved.
Carriage-stop Village: in front of the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau
Carraige-stop Castle: Hohenschwangau Castle

Rates: 
uphill: € 4,50
downhill: € 2,00
You pay directly to the horse carriage driver.
Duration of the ride: 10 minutes

Duration of the guided tour

Duration of the guided tour

Neuschwanstein Castle: approx. 30 minutes
Hohenschwangau Castle: approx. 35 minutes

 

Disabled visitors

Hohenschwangau Castle
There is no elevator in Hohenschwangau Castle. During the tour you have to pass 120 steps.

Museum oft he bavarian kings
The Museum is handicapped accessible. 
An elevator is availble.

Neuschwanstein Castle
For handicapped people there is a possibility to join a regular guided tour by elevator. Please notice that this service requires a reservation. 

A reservation fee will be charged. (€ 1,80 per person and castle) 

The elevator in Neuschwanstein Castle is generally available once every hour for 1 disabled person or 1 person in a wheelchair (+ 1 person in company).

 

This service is depending on availability.

We recommend wheelchair users to get to the Castle by horse carriage (Please note, that there is no ramp) – for more information about the shuttle bus see "B"

For more information of the Bavarian Palace Department, please click here.

Entrance time

Entrance time

You find your entrance time on your ticket. It is very important to arrive at the entrance of the castles at your designated entrance time. Otherwise your tickets will lose their validity and can not be refunded.
The entrance time is written on your ticket as "Einlasszeit". 

Guided Tour

Guided Tour

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle can only be visited within a guided tour.

Guided tours are offerd daily from
10.00 - 16.00 o´clock (winter opening times) and
9.00 - 18.00 o´clock (summer opening times)
with limited capacity.

closing dates:
Neuschwanstein Castle: January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st
Hohenschwangau Castle: December 24th
Museum of the bavarian kings: December 24th and 25th

If you reserve tickets, please note and keep in mind your confirmed entrance time. You find it on your confirmation.

!Please note!
Your confirmed entrance time can differ from your desired entrance time. 

Handicapped

Handicapped


Hohenschwangau Castle

There is no elevator in Hohenschwangau Castle. During the tour you have to pass 120 steps.

Museum oft he bavarian kings
The Museum is handicapped accessible. 
An elevator is availble.

Neuschwanstein Castle
For handicapped people there is the possibility to join a regular guided tour by elevator. Please notice that this service requires a reservation. A reservation fee will be charged. (€ 1,80 per person and castle) 

 

 

Hohenschwangau Castle

Lake "Alpsee"

Lake "Alpsee"

...please click here.

 

Luggage

Luggage

Baggage can not be stored in the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau! Please note, that it is strictly forbidden to take luggage or backpacks into the Castles. Allowed is only a small handbag.
There are lockers in front of the tourist information Hohenschwangau (medium size).

Mary´s bridge closed - from August 3rd 2015

Mary´s bridge closed - from August 3rd 2015

At the moment the Mary´s bridge (Marienbrücke), the bridge over the Pöllat gorge, is closed to visitors due to major renovation work. The work is expected to continue until the end of May 2016.  

 

Movies and Photographs

Movies and Photographs

It is strictly forbidden to take photographs or movies inside all sights.

 

Museum of the Bavarian Kings

Museum of the Bavarian Kings

The tickets for the Museum can be purchased also directly in the Museum. 
For additional information about the Museum, please click here. 

 

Map of Hohenschwangau

Map of Hohenschwangau

to enlarge, please click on the image

Neuschwanstein Castle

Opening times...

Opening times...

Opening times (Ticket Center)
Tickets for the Castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau can only be purchased in the Ticket Center. 
Tickets for the Museum of the bavarian kings you can also buy directly in the museum.

Winter 2015/2016 (October 16th 2015 - March 18th 2016)
daily from 9.00 - 15.30 o´clock

Summer 2016 ( MArch 19th 2016 - October 15th 2016) 
daily from 8.00 - 17.00 o´clock

Winter 2016/2017 (October 16th 2016 - April 9th 2017)
daily from 9.00 - 15.30 o´clock

CLOSING DATES:
Neuschwanstein Castle: January 1st, December 24th, 25th and 31st
Hohenschwangau Castle: December 24th


Museum of the bavarian kings: December 24th and 25th, January 1st

 

Parking in Hohenschwangau...

Parking in Hohenschwangau...


There are 4 parking lots in the village Hohenschwangau.


(P1 = next to Rasthaus, P2 =  at the roundabout, P3 = next to the cafe Kainz; P4 = next to the lake Alpsee)

Parking fees:
cars € 6,00
bus/ coaches € 15,00
caravan / camping cars € 8,50
motorbikes € 2,00

 

 

to enlarge, please click on the image

Photo or Movies

Photo or Movies

It is strictly forbidden to take photographs or movies inside all sights. 

 

Pets / Animals

Pets / Animals

It is strictly forbidden to take animals inside the sights.  It is also forbidden to take them in bags or rucksacks inside the sights.

 

Payment

Payment

Tickets have to be payed upon connection in the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau.

Payment methods:
cash
credit card

Queue

Queue

During high season and holidays there are significant waiting times in front of the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau, as well as at the bus and horse-carriage-stops.

 

Reservation

Reservation

Ticket reservation is subject to availability. Reservations are only possible until two days before your day of visit but not later than 15.00 o´clock (local time).

You have to collect the reserved tickets until one hour before your confirmed entrance time at the counter "reserved tickets" at the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau.

Reservations for the same day are not possible.

 

Reservation Fee

Reservation Fee

We will charge a reservation fee for ticket reservations for Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle. 
individual guest: € 1,80 per person / castle
Groups from 15 paying guests: € 0,90 per person / castle

 

Special guided tours..

Special guided tours..

The Neuschwanstein Castle
Special tours within the opening times:
Cost: 61 x € 11.00 + booking fee 61 x € 0.90.
Total amount: € 725.90

Exclusive tours outside of the opening times:
Registration takes place at the castle Neuschwanstein administration,
bookable 3 weeks before your visit date

Schloss Neuschwanstein management
Neuschwansteinstraße 20
87645 Hohenschwangau
Phone (0 83 62) 9 39 88-0
Infoline (0 83 62) 9 39 88-77
Fax (0 83 62) 9 39 88-19
svneuschwanstein(at)bsv.bayern.de

 

In Hohenschwangau Castle
Special tours within the opening times:
Cost: 35 x € 11.00 + booking fee 35 x € 0.90.
Total amount: € 416.50

Exclusive tours outside of the opening times:
Cost: € 16,00 per person, minimum € 160.00

If you are interested, we will gladly forward your inquiry to the appropriate administrative

 

 

Ticket sale on spot

Ticket sale on spot

The tickets for Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle can only be purchased in the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau and only on the day of your visit. 
Tickets for the Museum of the bavarian kings can also be bought in the Museum directly.

Reservations for the same day are not possible.

Advice:
For a trouble-free visit of the castles, we recommend a reservation of tickets.
 - reserve Tickets - 

 

Tour through the Castles

Tour through the Castles

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle can only be visited within a guided tour.

 

Toilets

Toilets

You find public toilets...
... in the village Hohenschwangau:

- next to the Schlossbräustüberl 
- in the Tourist Information Center Hohenschwangau / Public Bus Station
- next to the "Restaurant am Park"
... at Hohenschwangau Castle
... at Neuschwanstein Castle

There is a fee! Please take coins with you. 

Transportaion

Transportaion

see also "C" carriages or "B" bus.

 

Tournumber

Tournumber

Please note and keep in mind your tour number of your ticket. 
The upcoming tour numbers are displayed near the entrance of each castle.  

Visit of the Castles

Visit of the Castles

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castle can only be visited within a guided tour. 

 

Walking distance to Neuschwanstein Castle

Walking distance to Neuschwanstein Castle

- uphill
duration: appr. 40 minutes

Walking distance to Hohenschwangau Castle

Walking distance to Hohenschwangau Castle

- uphill
duration: 20 minutes

Wheelchair

Wheelchair

Hohenschwangau Castle
There is no elevator in Hohenschwangau Castle. During the tour you have to pass 120 steps.

Museum oft he bavarian kings
The Museum is handicapped accessible. 
An elevator is availble.

Neuschwanstein Castle
For handicapped people there is a possibility to join a regular guided tour by elevator. Please notice that this service requires a reservation. 

A reservation fee will be charged. (€ 1,80 per person and castle) 

The elevator in Neuschwanstein Castle is generally available once every hour for 1 disabled person or 1 person in a wheelchair (+ 1 person in company).

 

This service is depending on availability.

We recommend wheelchair users to get to the Castle by horse carriage (Please note, that there is no ramp) – for more information about the shuttle bus see "B"

For more information of the Bavarian Palace Department, please click here.