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.
Standing out amid the dense verdure of Bavaria, the imposing facade of the Hohenschwangau Castle looks nothing short of a castle from a fairytale. Dating back to the 19th Century and credited to Maximilian II of Bavaria, the castle was home to King Ludwig II when he was a child. The architecture and interiors of the castle are simply spectacular. The castle is open to public visitation throughout the year and also offers guided tours in several languages. The castle is one of the prime tourist attractions in the city. The Schloss Hohenschwangau is also one of the few castles in the country that remained unscathed during both World War I and World War II.
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 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.
Hohe Schloss is perched atop a hill overlooking the town of Füssen. The impressive structure dates back to the 1200s and is considered to be among the best-preserved castles of Bavaria. Sporting a commanding, Gothic facade, the castle, was once the summer residence of the Prince Bishops of Augsburg. The place now houses a fantastic art collection, notable among which are the illusive paintings. Operated by the state government, Hohe Schloss is open for public viewing.
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.
A picturesque sight at once, St. Mang's Abbey was established in the 9th Century for the Prince-Bishops of Ausburg, on the site of Magnus of Füssen’s oratory and cell, where his untarnished body was found. Formerly a Benedictine abbey, it was built in Bavaria in Germany at a point of medieval strategic importance. The remains of the patron saint were finally interred at the now-dissolved monastery, in 1939. This elegant church's interiors are embellished with several spectacular religious paintings and artworks. The two wings of the structure are being used as a town hall and the Füssen Town Museum. Religious ceremonies, prayer services, and concerts are held here at regular intervals.
Formerly the St.Mang's Monastery, built in the 9th Century for the Benedictine monks and later turned into an imposing Baroque Church, the building now houses the Fussen Heritage Museum and the Town Hall. The museum is a perfect place to start your exploration of Fussen's cultural heritage, as it houses a vast number of artifacts from over 1000 years of history including a fascinating display on the craft of Lute building built around Karl Leonhardt's collection, which Fussen was famous for till the 1800s. The building itself is a testament to Fussen's heritage, the main hall, refectory, cells, and the domed colloquium beautiful examples of architecture; as well as the stunning paintings and archaeological pieces that can be found in its permanent collections. The Fussen Heritage Museum is an absolute must-visit while in Fussen.
Designed by Johann Georg Fischer in 1749, the Heilig-Geist-Spitalkirche is located at the corner of Spitalgasse and Lechhalde. The charming church was built over the site of an older Gothic Church which was burnt to the ground in 1743. Dedicated to the Holy Spirit, the structure sports a pretty Rococo facade and is quite famous for its frescoes and the lovely altar paintings within. Although the exterior is bright red, the interiors take on subtle tones, which make the altars and relics even lovelier to look at.