Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein Castles
– both nestled in the incomparable beauty of Germany’s Bavarian region –
a “must see” on any European visit! Products of a king who was at once
mysterious and lonely, these castles never fail to evoke imaginings of
opulence and festivity. Arrival with reserved tickets guarantees admission
to both sites on days packed with international visitors.
Seven weeks after King Ludwig’s death from as yet unrevealed causes, the
Neuschwanstein Castle was opened to the public. The shy king had built the
castle to withdraw from public life – now
vast numbers of people come to view his private refuge. This
castle, constructed to shelter Ludwig and his favorite poet-composer Richard
Wagner, became Ludwig’s symbol of sovereignty as Bavaria was forced into
Hohenschwangau Castle – really a palace, as opposed to a castle – was
originally the childhood residence belonging to Ludwig’s father, Maximillian
II. The future King Ludwig II lived here with his parents and brother,
Otto. He moved into the main part of the residence upon his father’s death
and oversaw the construction of Neuschwanstein across the road. The last
family member to regularly reside in the castle was Queen Marie’s
brother-in-law, Prince Regent Luitpold of Bavaria, who died in 1912. Since
then the castle has mostly operated as a museum, with furniture and
decorations as they were at the time it was their home. Members of the
former royal family still use it as a summer home.
Leisurely drives through the Bavarian countryside allow our guests to enjoy
the varied landscape – from majestic mountains to farming villages and
fields with haystacks and tiny barns.
plenty of time to appreciate the lakes and mountains surrounding these two
castles, and to enjoy a meal and time for shopping.
Return to points of origin about 11 p.m.