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...
A historical place...
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.
How to reach the Viewpoint „Jugend“?
The nearest parking lot to reach the viewpoint „Jugend“ is P4 directly underneath Hohenschwangau castle (near the Alpsee). From there you can walk uphill (aprox. 45 minutes to the viewpoint) or you can take the shuttle bus. The costs are € 3.00 per person for uphill, € 2.00 per person downhill and € 3.50 for a roundtrip.
Please note, that the shuttle bus operates according to demand of the visitors, but without schedule. From the final destination bus stop (near Mary's bridge) there is a 5 minutes’ walk to reach the viewpoint and 15 minutes’ walk to reach the Neuschwanstein castle.
If you want to get inside Neuschwanstein castle (guided tour) after visiting the viewpoint, please buy the castle tickets at the official online shop or directly in the Ticket Center (depending on the availability), before you take the shuttle bus. You don't have to buy a ticket if you just want to see the outside of the Neuschwanstein castle. However, access to the courtyard of Neuschwanstein castle is only possible with a valid ticket.
The shuttle-bus is unsuitable for mobility-impaired guests, since the path from the bus-stop down to the viewpoint "Jugend" is very steep.
Pets are not allowed in the bus-shuttle. The shuttle bus only operates in suitable weather conditions (no snow or ice).