Guided tours in Hohenschwangau Castle

A romantic summer castle

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

Guided tours

Visits to Hohenschwangau Castle are only possible within a guided tour with limited capacity. The tour of Hohenschwangau Castle lasts approximately 45 minutes.

Unfortunately there is no elevator in Hohenschwangau Castle. Please note, that a total of 90 steps must be overcome during the tour. 
If you have a hearing impairment, please inform your castle guide before your tour, and you will then receive the tour text in written form. The guide text is available in diferrent languages. 

Hohenschwangau castle is open as follows: 

► Summer opening time: March 23rd to October 15th
daily between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. 

► Winter opening time: October 16th to March 22nd
daily between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Closing dates:
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. The audio guide devices are available directly in the castle. 

Group tours from 15 paying guests:

Duration of the guided tour: approx. 45 min.  

Price per adult: € 18,00
Price per child (7 and older): € 11,00 *
Price per child (under 7): € 0,00 *

* plus € 1,50 service fee per person (from 15 paying persons). 

► The group tours take place with a castle guide and are offered in German, English or with audio guide devices.

Guided tours of the castle for groups of 15 persons or more and only on written request:

Exclusive evening tour of Hohenschwangau Castle

Experience a guided tour of Hohenschwangau Castle in a relaxed atmosphere. The tour covers a wide range of historical topics, the extraordinary wall paintings and the artistic exhibits.
The tour is aimed at adults over the age of 18. The evening tours are offered in English during the Sommer Holidays:

• Mon., August 05th 2024• Tue., August 13th 2024• Wed., August 21st 2024
• Thu., August 29th 2024• Fri., September 06th 2024 

Admission time to the castle: 5:30 p.m.
Tickets can be collected from the Ticket Centre in Hohenschwangau on the day of the visit. 

Duration of the tour: approx. 60 minutes

Price: € 24,- per person

Reservation of tickets by e-mail to: