The Royal Castles near Füssen

Experience history, mysticism and the unbelievable with a visit to the castles at Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, the worldfamous royal residences of the Wittlesbach Royal Family. Both castles are situated just a few kilometres from Füssen and attract over 1.5 million visitors a year.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle draws visitors from all over the world. From the Marienbrücke bridge you not only have a splendid view of the fairytale
castle, but also of the imposing Pöllat Gorge. The foundation stone for the castle near Füssen was laid on 5 September 1869. King Ludwig II hoped that building work would progress swiftly, but the project was too extensive and building conditions on the mountain very harsh. The first gateway, in which the fairytale king lived for years, was finished in 1873. The roofing ceremony didn't take place until 1880 and in 1884 it was possible to move into the first rooms. Neuschwanstein Castle was the last refuge and final abode of King Ludwig II.

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Palace was first referred to in the 12th century as Schwanstein Castle. The building was in the possession of the Knights of Schwangau into the 16th century. The Royal Family loved the mountains and the fresh summer air: all of them were passionate walkers. Ludwig II and his younger brother Otto spent most of their childhood and youth at the castle in Füssen. Today it is still possible to discover the favourite paths of the royal family on a hike.

Our palace tip!

A journey up to Neuschwanstein Castle by horse-drawn carriage is a must for romantics and lovestruck couples.