Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria (1811 - 1864) was enjoying a hike through the foothills of the Alps, when he discovered Hohenschwangau Fortress, which was in a ramshackle but scenic location. At the age of 18, he was immediately enthusiastic and spontaneously decided to buy this old property. In the years 1833 to 1837 he had the building, originally from the Middle Ages, then called "Schwanstein", converted into a romantic residential palace.
© Wittelsbacher Ausgleichsfonds
Visits are only possible within a guided tour with limited capacity.
Hohenschwangau Castle can currently only be visited as part of the special tour “Pearl of Romanticism” (approx. 45 minutes). Due to the length of the tour, the special tours are generally not recommended for children under the age of 6.
From May 22nd, 2021, guided tours will take place every day between 9:00 am. and 4:00 pm.
Unfortunately there is no elevator in Hohenschwangau Castle. During the tour, you will have to go upstairs 90 steps to the second Floor.
Hohenschwangau Castle is closed on Wendsdays, Thursdays, December 24th and January 1st.
The following languages are offered:
• German and English speaking guide
• Portable audio guide device: French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Dutch, Hungarian,Czech, Polish, Russian, Japanese, Mandarin and Korean.
All tours take place with a guide.