King Maximilian II had paths and viewpoints laid out in the vicinity of Hohenschwangau in order to be able to enjoy the landscape. From the narrow ridge to the left of the “Pöllat”, called "Jugend", there was a unique view of mountains and lakes. King Maximilian II loved this place and even planned a viewing pavilion there in 1855. His wife Queen Marie was also very often with her children Prince Otto and Prince Ludwig (later King Ludwig II) on the "Jugend" and enjoyed the view of the Alpsee, the Schwansee and Hohenschwangau Castle, as well as the Tannheimer Mountains in the background.
From this viewpoint you get one of the most beautiful panoramic views over the Hohenschangau Castle, the Alpsee (left), Schwansee (right) and the Allgäu Alps.
Can you also recognize the sleeping dragon?
He even has a crown on his head...
Queen Marie and her sons, the heir to the throne Ludwig (II) and his brother Otto spent every summer in these beautiful surroundings, going on hikes in the woods and mountains or swimming in the nearby Alpsee.
Queen Marie and her children also took a rest after their hikes at the viewpoint "Jugend" and enjoyed the impressive view of the idyllic landscape and their summer residence, Hohenschwangau Castle.