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 summer castle.
© 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 (approx. 45 minutes). Due to the length of the tour, the special tours are generally not recommended for children under the age of 6.
Currently until October 15th, the guided tours take place every day between 9:00 am. and 5:00 pm.
Winter opening time (from October 16th): from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.
Unfortunately there is no elevator in Hohenschwangau Castle. Please note, that a total of 90 steps must be overcome during the tour.
Hohenschwangau Castle is closed on December 24th, 25th, 31st 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.
Should the local 7-day incidence be above 35, the 3G rule will apply to a visit to our sights, i.e. nall visitors must either be vaccinated against Covid-19, recovered from Covid-19 or tested negative.
Wearing an face mask inside of the Hohenschwangau castle is compulsory for visitors from aged 6 and over. Childrean under 6 years of age are exempt from the mask requirement. Unfortunately, visitors without an appropriate mask are not allowed to enter in the Hohenschwangau castle; this also applies if a medical certificate is presented.