• 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

Schloss Hohenschwangau mit Hohenschwangauer Maibaum in Schwangau in Bayern

Where young King Ludwig II spent his childhood

The castle was dated back to the 12th century, home to the knights of Schwangau. However, over the centuries, it was badly damaged.

In 1832, Crown Prince Maximilian, who became the father of King Ludwig II, acquired the castle. It was totally rebuilt and took a duration of 5 years to complete. He and his family used the castle during the summer and as a hunting residence.

After the demise of his father, King Ludwig II took over the castle and spent much of his time there.



Visitor information: opening times, tickets, notes

Tickets and opening hours


The royal castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are currently closed.
For more information please have a look at <link https: www.hohenschwangau.de external-link-new-window internal link in current>www.hohenschwangau.de

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 admission ticket includes a guided tour. It takes approximately about half hour tour in either German, English or Audio guided. Tickets can be purchased at the Ticket Center in Hohenschwangau. Please go directly to the reservation line for your ticket. 


There are about 200 steps in the castle, no elevator!

Can my dog come with me into the castle?

Dogs and pets are not permissible.

May I take pictures in the castle?

No photography allowed



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