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 Basilika St. Mang is a big, Baroque church which is a part of the St. Mang's Abbey. While the abbey is no longer functional and is operated as a museum, the church is still in operation, attracting scores of visitors due to its palace like design.
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.
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 right in the middle of the town, Der Kurpark in Schwangau is a starting point for exploring the flora of this region. Consisting of some old plants, the park is characterized by tree-lined paths and irregularly shaped large meadows.
Overlooking the Hohenschwangau Castle (Schloss Hohenschwangau), Schlossbrauhaus Schwangau is the place to be if you want to try regional beers and cuisine. This brewery and distillery offers tours where you can get a glimpse how their alcohol is made. With six distinct spaces, you can choose which suits you the best and enjoy their delights. Drop in their restaurant for a taste of Bavaria. This basement bar and eatery with its fireplaces, give a cozy ambiance to it. During summers, their beer garden is the ideal place to bask with a beer or wine in hand.
Königliche Kristall-Therme is a beautiful wellness retreat in Schwangau that offers a surreal rejuvenating experience for the entire family. On a pleasant day, visit the spa and treat yourself to refreshing baths, luxurious massages, healing therapies, and delicious food, all served with picturesque views of the Neuschwanstein Castle and the quaint Bavarian landscape. Königliche Kristall-Therme features indoor and outdoor saunas, healing thermal baths, indulgent specialty massages with gemstones and aromatic oils, and a warm water basin with massage jets, that doubles as a cocktail bar. After pampering your senses, you can also relish a delicious meal at the cozy sauna restaurant.
A popular family destination, Zur Wildfuetterung am Bannwaldsee offers its visitors a wide range of activities. Everything from a winter hike to feeding creatures such as deer can be enjoyed here.
Situated against the backdrop of the beautiful mountainous landscape, St. Coloman is among Bavaria's most-photographed churches. Built in honor of the Irish pilgrim St. Coloman, this baroque church is situated at a lonely spot amid verdant meadows and under bright, clear skies. After the town was ravaged by the plague, many people who lost their lives were buried near the chapel, after which it was expanded. The onion dome of the church towers above the landscape, and the beautiful interiors are adorned with rich stucco decorations depicting angels, fruits, and shells. The tall altar, with a triple-column structure, depicts St. Coloman along with the Holy Trinity.