The Museum of the Bavarian Kings was opened in Hohenschwangau in September 2011. It recounts the history of the Wittelsbach dynasty from its beginnings to the present day. The main focus of the exhibition lies on King Maximilian II who commissioned the conversion of Hohenschwangau Castle into his summer residence, and his son, King Ludwig II, creator of Neuschwanstein Castle.
The exhibition incorporates the views of the surrounding landscape and castles, the subtle use of modern, interactive museum technologies and expansive displays that explain the background to original exhibits in an informative and vivid way. The exhibition caters to the different requirements of visitors from Germany and abroad with tours in several languages and various depths of complexity, offering a gratifying experience even for those on a tight time schedule.
The exhibition is organized and owned by the Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds, Munich.
Located below the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles on the shores of the Alpsee lake, this must be one of the most beautifully situated museums in Germany. A 21-metre long panorama window on the first floor permits a view of the lake surrounded by mountain peaks to the left, while on the right Hohenschwangau Castle can be seen up on the mountain.
“Alpseestraße 27 is one of the most beautiful locations in Bavaria.” (SZ from 11.9.2011)
The Museum of the Bavarian Kings is located in Hohenschwangau, in the Schwangau district very close to the town of Füssen in the Allgäu region. The nearest airports are in Munich, Augsburg and Stuttgart.
In Hohenschwangau itself the only private parking spaces are at the entrance and cost 5 euros (as of 01.04.11). There is a car park at the end of Alpseestraße directly opposite the museum. Take the train to Füssen, from there take a taxi from the station forecourt (about 12 euros per journey) or take the bus routes RVA/OVG 73 towards Steingaden / Garmisch-Partenkirchen RVA/OVG 78 towards Schwangau and disembark at the Hohenschwangau / Alpseestraße bus stop. You can find bus timetables at www.rvo-bus.de.
The Museum is located in the former Grand Hotel Alpenrose. Between the gamekeeper’s lodge in the north and the Alpenrose Hotel itself in the south, a three-aisled steel dome construction above what was once the hotel’s dining hall forms the centre piece of the museum, designed by the Staab office of architects in Berlin. The dome spans the central exhibition room and two adjacent galleries whose panorama windows offer amazing views of the royal castles and across the lake to the Alps.
Wheelchair access to the Museum of the Bavarian Kings and the Museum Café and Alpenrose Restaurant.
Entrance to the Museum
There is wheelchair access from the museum forecourt on Alpseestrasse 27 via a ramp into the museum foyer.
From there a ramp leads to the museum café and Alpenrose restaurant.
The restaurant is also accessible via a ramp at the rear of the building.
There are 3 designated parking spaces at the rear of the building. A disabled parking permit is required.
From here there is a side entrance into the foyer. If you wish to use this entrance, please give prior notice. The restaurant is also accessible via a ramp at the rear of the building.
The exhibition is on two floors. All areas of the exhibition are accessible via the lifts.
Accessible toilets are located on the ground floor at the back of the museum foyer as well as on the ground floor of the museum café and restaurant.
A cloakroom and lockers can be found on the ground floor of the museum.
There are stools and benches in the exhibition rooms. In addition portable fold-up seats are available in the foyer.
Induction loop for hearing impaired