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 a 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.
Hohenschwangau castle is open as follows:
► Winter opening time: October 16th, 2021 to March 31st, 2022
daily between 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
► Summer opening time: April 01st, 2022 to October 15th, 2022
daily between 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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.
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.