Located on a mountainside overlooking the Hohenschwangau valley, the Neuschwanstein Castle is a dream-like structure in an idyllic setting. Construction of the castle began in 1869 but was not completed until 1892. King Ludwig II commissioned its construction so that he could stay in a beautiful castle when he wanted to escape the royal courts. However, the king did not live to see the castle's completion. Visitors can explore the castle's Byzantine, Romanesque, and Gothic-inspired interior, including the third and fourth floors, which were supposed to have been the king’s residences. These floors house opulent murals and spectacular wood carvings. Tours of the castle are available throughout the day. Visitors must visit the nearby Mary's Bridge, from where the view of the castle and its surroundings is stunning.
The Alpsee is situated in the quaint Bavarian mountainside, near the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. This beautiful lake has a maximum depth of 62 meters (203.4 feet) and a short shoreline of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles). It has become popular with tourists for its scenic Alpine and castle views, serene atmosphere, and pristine waters. The lake is an ideal spot for watching birds like wild swans floating calmly in the cold waters. Alpsee is also an idyllic lake to enjoy boating, and the surrounding area features exquisite trails that are waiting to be explored.
Tegelberg rises steeply from the foothills of the Bavarian Alps. This imposing, but the starkly beautiful range is a popular destination for hikers, climbers, ski enthusiasts, paragliding enthusiasts and other tourists. Within driving distance from the Neuschwanstein Castle, the mountain also has a popular cable car facility and panoramic restaurant where diners can have an unforgettable meal.
The highest elevated castle in the country, Falkenstein Castle and its ruins are located at a height of 1277 meters (4190 feet) in the Bavarian Alps. Built during the 13th Century and destroyed by the 17th Century, the castle was then purchased by King Ludwig II In 1883. He set into motion an elaborate plan to rebuild the castle under the guidance of the architect Christian Jank but the project fell through upon the King's death three years later. Today, the castle ruins make for an exhilarating hiking excursion, with a museum featuring informative and interesting exhibits located in the vicinity.
The Linderhof Palace, nestled in the western corner of Ettal, is the smallest castle to have been constructed by King Ludwig II. The tour of the palace gives visitors a glimpse into the opulent life that King Ludwig II led. From various chambers, dining rooms, grottos and the King's favorite Hall of Mirrors, the ornate castle and its breathtaking expanse gives an up and close peek into the royal life. In winter when the castle is covered in snow, it resembles a spectacular, magical snowglobe. While the castle is the smallest in size among all three palaces commissioned by King Ludwig II, it is also one of the most beautiful and exquisite royal complexes.
Zugspitze is the highest mountain range in Germany and a famous ski resort. The mountain stands at an impressive 2,962 meters (9717 feet) above sea level. The area has a variety of activities and attractions to offer both skiers and non-skiers. While the ski enthusiasts might take to the snow-covered slopes of the white mountain, for the non-skiers, there is a tranquil igloo village and Germany's highest church to visit. Cable cars run up and down the mountain, making the peak accessible to skiers and non-skiers alike.
Located within the Hohes Schloss, in one of the prince-bishop's stately chambers, the State Gallery houses a range of late Gothic and Renaissance paintings and statues. It also features artworks from 19th-century romanticist painters like Spitzweg and some historical art from artist Franz Defregger. The Pocci Collection is displayed here as well, as is the iconic Salvator Mundi artwork by Leonardo da Vinci.
Altstadt von Fuessen is the historic heart of the charming town of Füssen. Its cobbled pathways are lined with several attractions of which the High Castle, the stunning City Museum and the Benedictine monastery of St. Mang are some of the notable places to visit. The old town is also surrounded by quaint cafes that are perfect for a enjoying a some refreshments while soaking in views of the city. The vibrantly painted houses are yet another draw if the old town, these make for a perfect muse for your cameras.
The museum houses historical local art and also the fresco cycle Totentanz (Dance of death) by Jakob Hiebeler.
Marvel at the tiered and turquoise-colored waters of Lechfall which was supposedly built to be used as hydropower. The gorge here has a bust of King Maximilian II and legend has it, Saint Magnus jumped from here while escaping his persecutors. Named the "Magnus step", the fossilized shell here was widely regarded as his footprint.
Located between the small town of Hopfen and Füssen proper, Lake Hopfensee forms a busy attraction in the Schwaben region. Offering breathtaking, unrestricted views of the Alps that surround it, Hopfensee is quite popular with tourists as well as locals, thanks to the several business establishments, restaurants and taverns that are located in the area. The lake is 4.6 meters (15 feet) deep and is a result of the Lechtal Glacier. The eastern part of the lakeshore also has camping facilities where friends and family can spend quality time while admiring the natural beauty that this region is blessed with. Come winter, the snow covers the lake's environs while the frozen lake looks enchanting and transforms into a natural ice rink for visitors.