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Friday, January 3, 2014

Hohenschwangau Castle - King Ludwig II's Childhood home

Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Today we awoke in the town of Schwangau at the Landhotel Guglhupf bed and breakfast and set off to visit two of King Ludwig II's castles.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Hohenschwangau translated literally is "High Swan County Palace" and was built by King Ludwig II father, King Maximilian II in the 19th century as a vacation home.  This area must of had a large population of swans for quite sometime because the first fortress built on this site in the 12th century was called Schwanstein.   
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
This map shows the ticket center, Hohenschwangau, Neuschwanstein and the paths to reach each one.
Visiting the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein - The Tipsy Terrier blog
 The town of Hohenschwangau has a few restaurants, hotels and a May Pole.
Visiting the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Tickets are purchased at the Ticket Center located in the middle of Hohenschwangau.  There is a slight discount if you decide to see multiple castles or the museum in one day (ticket prices and hours) and there are parking lots near by that you can leave your car for 5 euro a day.  If you were staying at a hotel in Hohenschwangau you could walk but since we were 2 miles a way in Schwangau, and raining, we drove.  You can also take a bus from the Fussen train station.  The staff is quite helpful to help pick times of tours if you are seeing both sites.

We opted for a carriage ride up to the castle for 6 euro, downhill is 3 euro, and is paid directly to the driver and takes about 15 minutes.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
A view of the castle from the gardens.
Visiting Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
A gorgeous neo-gothic archway marks the entrance to the castle with quatrofoils and a crest of the Bavarian lion.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
A well in the courtyard with a painting of the Virgin Mary, a lion's head spout, a crest of Bavaria and a crest of a swan which pertains to the area around the Schwangau region.
A well with the images of the Virgin Mary, Bavarian and Schwangau crestsThe Tipsy Terrier blog
A fountain with four Bavarian lions.
Hohenschwangau Castle - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Photos are not allowed inside of the castle unfortunately.   I found these beauties on line.  I love the gold and purple room! 
Maximilian II's study
Dinning room at Hohenschwangau - The Tipsy Terrier blog
swan chandelier in dining room
King Ludwig II would observe construction of Neuschwanstein from Hohenschwangau with a telescope.  This is a view from the garden courtyard.
Neuschwanstein Castle in the mist - The Tipsy Terrier blog
I borrowed my Dad's Bavarian hat for our trip to Germany - you will see it many more photos in future blogs.
Visiting Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein
History on the Wittlesbach family:
Ludwig II mother Marie was Prussian and his father Maximilian II was Bavarian. Bavaria was an independent kingdom until 1870 when Ludwig II joined the German Empire after the Franco-Prussian Wars. Ludwig II withdrew even more from politics after joining the empire and became quite the recluse.  If you are interested in more information on Ludwig II's life check out this biography.

Being beer connoisseurs we had to try the local brew, Konig Ludwig Dunkel.  It was amazing and I wish I could get it in the states.  Very smooth and not hoppy - high drinkability factor.

Konig Ludwig Dunkle beer - The Tipsy Terrier blog
Up Next: Neuschwanstein

Check out aerial photos of King Ludwig's castles in the snow from the Rococo Roamer

Have you visited the castles of King Ludwig II?  What were your thoughts on the style?



Other posts about our trip to Germany:


  1. I've been there but still haven't seen the inside yet. Still on my list :)

    1. You would love the interior! I seriously want to recreate the purple and gold gothic study.

  2. We visited Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein in the Spring. While Neuschwanstein is the clear knockout on the outside we really preferred the tour at Hohenschwangau as it was slower in pace and less crowded. We felt like sheep being herded in the quick tour at Neuschwanstein. A couple of tips for those planning to visit: make reservations online and book the first tours of the day if you can as these are often the least crowded.

    1. Thanks for the tip Jessica! We actually bought our tickets the day before at the booth after visiting Linderhof.

  3. Great photos, I wish my pics from there had turned out as nice!!!!!

    1. Thanks Daisy - and thanks for following me on Bloglovin' too!