Schwangau - Schloss Hohenschwangau
The town of Schwangau is located about 100 kilometres southwest of Munich.
The castle was acquired by Crown Prince Max of Bavaria (later King Max II of Bavaria) in 1832. It has been used by generations of Wittelsbachs as a summer residence. From 1922 to 1932 King Rupert and his family were in the habit of living here each summer. 1 The Royal Family still maintain an apartment here.
On account of its connection with King Ludwig II of Bavaria and its proximity to Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Hohenschwangau is one of the most popular tourist sites in Bavaria. It is open for guided tours (€ 7,00) from April 1 to September 30, Friday to Wednesday 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m., Thursday 9.00 a.m. - 8.00 p.m.; from October 1 to March 31, daily 10.00 a.m. - 4.00 p.m.; closed December 24. Tickets must be purchased at the Ticket Centre in town, and then one must either walk or take a horse-drawn carriage to the castle.
Telephone: 08362.81127; ticket Centre website.
1 Kurt Sendtner, Rupprecht von Wittelsbach, Kronprinz von Bayern (München: Richard Pflaum, 1954), 475.