Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau & Museum
The Swan Ticket includes a tour of Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle and a visit to the Museum of Bavarian Kings, all three are in Hohenschwangau.
Allow between 5-6 hours for this ticket.
This ticket is popular with guests who plan to spend a day in the village of Hohenschwangau visit both castles and learning more about the history of the Wittelsbach Royal Family through the centuries.
The world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle took 17 years to build (1869-1886). The King only lived in the castle briefly, but spent many years “on site” in an apartment above the main gate, guiding and making changes to the castle while it was built. The Castle looks very different, depending on which side you are looking at. This is because two architects with very different styles were involved in the planning and construction of this enormous castle. 200 rooms were planned but only a handful were ever finished. The details in the finished rooms are, however, spectacular and well worth seeing for yourself!
7 weeks after the King’s untimely death, the castle was opened to the public which seems ironic considering the King built the castle as a retreat for himself, to avoid people!
It was very popular with visitors from the beginning and continues to grow in popularity, with over 1.4 million visitors a year, it would be considered one of the most famous castles in Europe.
Hohenschwangau Castle, perhaps less famous than Neuschwanstein Castle, is no less impressive. It was King Ludwig II’s childhood home, having been built by his father King Maximilian II of Bavaria in 1837.
Inside you see how a Royal Bavarian Family lived in the 19th Century, with original murals, furniture and artefacts on display.
The Museum of Bavarian Kings was built in 2011 and houses further artefacts of the Wittelsbach Royal Family. The history of the Wittelsbach through the centuries is explored and explained, the main focus being on King Maximilian II and King Ludiwg II, as these Kings brought the Castles to Hohenschwangau. You can spend as much time exploring the Museum as you wish.