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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau April 15th 2019

Poor king Ludwig II of Bavaria (1864 -1886). From an early age his identity appears to revolve around three characteristics; a vivid imagination; a tendency to isolate and a pronounced sense of sovereignty. All three characteristics were given reign as it were by his ambitious building schemes. It resulted in producing an icon of a fashion known as castle romanticism. In the nineteenth century a number of castles were constructed or reconstructed to make them more picturesque. Although he probably would have been liked to be remembered for channelling the Wagnerian spirit, there is more of the provincial Brothers Grimm about his world. Some slight suburban aspect evident in his commissions, not in like the bus driver that painted a facsimile of the Sisteen chapel on his lounge ceiling. All credit to him, however as he ... read more
A frosty view from the Castle

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau September 21st 2016

Yesterday was devoted to touring the castles of Ludwig II and it was awesome. Little background on this King – he was very much a loner growing up because he was raised in a castle in a small town with very little exposure to other children other than his mentally ill brother. He loved to read, he loved the arts and music he was much more focused on his education that the politics of the country. At age 18, his father died suddenly and he was thrown into the role of King of Bavaria, which was something he was very much not prepared for and also something he very much didn’t want. The various tour guides that we had throughout the trip referred to him as “a sensitive man,” a pacifist who hated war and overall, ... read more
Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein
The Bridge

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau December 25th 2014

What's Europe without Castles? This particular day trip was my sister's suggestion (such a romantic, I tell you) and was on our way to Western Austria, our next stop. With that in mind, we left Munich after breakfast around 10 AM, with the aim to reach Schloss Neuschwanstein by noon. The Schloss Neuschwanstein (Schloss means castle) is a castle built in the 18th century by the Swan King of Bavaria, King Ludwig the II. The story behind the Swan King is very interesting. He is called the Swan King because he had a love for swans far greater than that for his people probably. He also ensured that the years and years over which he had his dream castle constructed, he placed it next to a swan lake, and had swan like designs on major gates, ... read more
Entering the castle
Castle entrance
Castle entry way

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau September 12th 2013

I don't remember the first time I saw a picture of the Neuschwanstein Castle, but I was impressed and thought it would be amazing to get to see it "for real". This was the day. After spending the last 9 days traveling alone, I had decided to sign up for a group trip to the castles. Since I had changed my hotels for my Munich stay, I only had to cross the street to get to the meetup place for this trip. We had a huge bus full of English speaking tourists, and a very knowledgeable guide. Obviously, there was an open seat next to me. Who would you guess would end up in that seat? If you guessed a wealthy, handsome, European man with a great sense of humor...you would be wrong. Instead, it was ... read more
Neuschwanstein Entry
Marien's Bridge
Linderhof Hunting Lodge

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau May 20th 2013

Geo: 47.5587, 10.7412Horse and buggy ride up from the hotel to Neuschwanstein Castle - postcard perfect.Toured the castle, and learned about King Ludwig IIWalked to Mary's Bridge for some awesome photos.Back down in the buggy again :-)A quick lunch in the pub, then off on another castle tour !Picked up by another coach, and on to Munich.Out for dinner, more traditional food, then collapsed back at our hotel.... read more
View from the courtyard
From Mary's Bridge
Mummy and Daddy's summer castle

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau July 10th 2012

Schloss Hohenschwangau-- Childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria Schloss Neuschwanstein-- Ludwig's fantasy castle, inspired by scenes from Richard Wagner's operas.... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau August 23rd 2011

Après une bonne nuit de sommeil, on prend un autobus de campagne pour rejoindre le petit village touristique de Hohenschwangau . Ce minuscule village est situé aux pieds des Alpes et de deux châteaux de Louis II de Bavière. Ce roi de Bavière un peu fou a habité dans plusieurs châteaux dont deux sont situés près de ce village: le château Hohenschwangau où il a passé son enfance et le château Neuschwanstein, le plus connu. C'est celui qu'on voit partout et qui a d'ailleurs inspiré le conte de la Belle au bois dormant. C'est un coin méga touristique comme vous vous en doutez, alors on fait la file pour acheter nos billets et ensuite on attend notre heure d'admission ... Une visite part à toutes les 5 minutes alors vous imaginerez que c'est très impersonnel en ... read more
LE Neuschwanstein
Le château Hohenschwangau
Le prince et sa princesse au Neuschwanstein

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau July 23rd 2011

Geo: 47.5587, 10.7412This morning we left Munich, and headed for Hohenschwangau, a little town which sits on the edge of Alpensee (a see is a lake). Overlooking the town of Hohenschwangau are the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau Castles. Neuschwanstein Castle was commenced in 1869 by the Bavarian King Ludwig II and was never quite completed. It was built and furnished in medieval style, but equipped with the latest technology of the time. Ludwig was known as Mad King Ludwig. Hohenschwangau Castle was originally constructed in the 12th century, and was heavily damaged in the Napoleonic wars. King Ludwig's father, Maximilian II commenced the rebuilding of the castle in 1832 and it was completed in 1836. Both castles are furnished lavishly and access is only via guided tour. It was a steep walk up to Neuschwanstein Castle, but ... read more
View of Waterfall and Bridge
View of Alpensee and Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle

Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau September 24th 2010

There are many tours that you can book to take you to Neuschwanstein castle. It's a major tourist attraction, and well worth the visit! We decided to go to the castle ourselves after much research on line. The best way to go is purchase a ticket from any of the main train stations to Fussen station . The journey is about 2-3 hours on the train through the gorgeous Bavarian country side. All of the other travel sites indicated not to go to late as the line up's can be quite long. You can also book your tickets on line which will allow you to avoid the line up to buy the tickets. The tickets are quite cheap, costing about 30 euros return to get there and back. A steal! We decided to leave Munich around ... read more
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Europe » Germany » Bavaria » Hohenschwangau September 13th 2010

We started our Tour of Bavaria at Monday morning. We had to get to Hohenschwangau village and we decided unanimously to go there by foot, the distance is just two kilometers (in English Hohenschwangau might mean upper Schwangau). During we were walking towards Hohenschwangau village we admired the local landscape and we had to admit Bavaria is really posh - even pasture's grass was cut and we couldn't spot any litter over the streets, really nothing. For me it was a bit shocky because I got used to see litter everywhere in UK. So german Bavaria is different world. How to get by foot from Schwangau to Hohenschwangau? Very easy. Wanderer must leave hotel and go left and after turn right to Schloβstraβe (it means Castle street) and we carry on the same way until we ... read more
Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle
Hohenschwangau Castle




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