• Hohenschwangau castle in the spring
  • Hohenschwangau castle with lake Alpsee in the background
  • Hohenschwangau castle in the summer
  • View to Hohenschwangau castle from the valley

Hohenschwangau Castle in Schwangau

Schloss Hohenschwangau mit Hohenschwangauer Maibaum in Schwangau in Bayern

Where young King Ludwig II spent his childhood

The history of Hohenschwangau is well documented from an early time.

It is known that reference to the Schwangau Castle dates from the 12th century - and was home to the knights of Schwangau. However, over the centuries, the castle was badly damaged.

In 1832 Crown Prince Maximilian (later King Max II) aquired the castle and rebuilt it as today's Hohenschwangau Castle, a duration of five years to complete. He and his family used the Castle as a summer and hunting residence.

After the death of King Maximilian II, his son Ludwig II designed the royal rooms on his terms. He also spent much time in Hohenschwangau Castle. The royal apartments, the gardens and the kitchen of the castle have been preserved and can be visited.

Visitor information: opening times, tickets, notes

Tickets and opening hours

Opening hours of Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle:

Neuschwanstein Castle:
1st April - 15th October: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  
16th October - 31st March: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Open daily except December 24th, 25th, 31st and January 1st.

Hohenschwangau Castle:
1st April - 15th October:  9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
16th October - 31st March: 10 a.m. -  4 p.m.
Open daily except December 24th and January 1st.


Ticket sale time from the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau:
1st April - 15th October: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
16th October - 31st March: 9 a.m. to 3.30 p.m.
Open daily except December 24th and January 1st.

Tickets for the Castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau and the Museum of the Bavarian Kings are available at the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau (also Reservations).

Guided tours

Hohenschwangau Castle is open for visitors only as a guided tour. Please note that during the tour, a total of 200 steps need to be climbed! The tours, in German or English, will take about 30 minutes. Ticket Reservations can be made at the Ticket Center Hohenschwangau.

Alternatively, you may use the audio guided tours which also last about 30 minutes and are available in French, Dutch, Italien, Japanese, Mandarin, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Czech and Hungarian.

If possible, please visit the castles in the summer months during the mornings as this will avoid the long waiting times later in the day.


200 steps have to be climbed. There is no elevator.

Can my dog come with me into the castle?

Dogs and other pets are not allowed in the castle.

May I take pictures in the castle?

From the outside at anytime and as much as you want, but not from the inside.

Due to the high volume of visitors and the light sensitivity of the historic furnishings, photography is not allowed. However, journalists and photographers can apply for a permit, in which specific times and terms can be determined. Please contact the castle administration Hohenschwangau for further information.

Interactive map (Parking, Tickets, Buses, Horse carriages, free WiFi)

Hohenschwangau castle in the night

The construction of Hohenschwangau Castle

From 1833 to 1837 Crown Prince Maximilian rebuilt the medieval Schwanstein Castle into a new Gothic style of Hohenschwangau Castle. The external appearance was inspired by the medieval castle.

The interior from the 19th century is still preserved until today. Each room of the royal apartments is equipped with murals, which were designed by Moritz von Schwind and Ludwig Lindenschmidt (the elder).

The Schwansee park in Schwangau