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 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.
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.
Among the largest of its kind, Ettal Abbey is an active Benedictine abbey. Though it was established by Emperor Ludwig in 1330, it is the Baroque designs of the architect Enrico Zuccalli in 1744 that laid the foundation for the beautiful structure that stands today. Visitors can visit the bookstore, cheese factory, art production house and the distillery that produces the famous Ettaler Kloster Liqueur.
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.
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.
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.