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 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.
Located in Bavaria, Füssen is one of the last towns at the end of the Romantic Road, before the Germanic-Austrian border begins. The town is set in charming, romantic locales, with the Alps forming striking views in the backdrop, while the River Lech flows through the town's midst. Famous for its violin-making industry, Füssen is also home to the Hohes Schloss, a stately landmark and former summer residence of the Prince-Bishops of Augsburg that preserves several Renaissance and late Gothic artworks.
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.
In the middle of the former park of Hohenschwangau Castle, you come across this serene lake. Tucked away in the middle of the verdant Bavarian landscape, Schwansee is a popular swimming spot for locals and tourists alike. A short, peaceful walk leads to the dreamy lake. Its shimmering water reflects the lush Alpine mountainside that surrounds it, making for an idyllic family getaway in the town. Adventure enthusiasts can explore the surrounding area with a scenic hike. Besides clear waters, the site also offers beautiful views of the region, with the Neuschwanstein Castle visible in the distance.
Sprawled over an elevated terrain, this scenic locale is bestowed with spectacular natural and cultural beauty. Schwangau, like many German towns, exudes an inimitable charm which is accentuated by historical remnants that paint an evocative picture of the past. Neuschwanstein Castle features an impressive facade, its unmatched splendor beguiling all those who gaze upon it. Other major landmarks include Castle Hohenschwangau, Marienbrücke, St. Coloman Church and Bullachberg Castle. Outdoor excursions like hiking, climbing and swimming can also be undertaken here.
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.