Location: Near Munich
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Hohenschwangau Prince Maximilian acquired the castle in 1832 which had been in ruins 700 years. He decided to create a fairy tale castle and as fantastic and picturesque as possible, with decorative towers and turrets, oreils, portals, balconies, pillars, crenellated parapets, it was so enchanting that when the King's father, Ludwig I, saw it for the first time in 1844, he cried out in amazement, “Hohenschwangau is truly a fairy tale castle” Here in the castle Ludwig found fuel for his mediaeval fantasies.
The Schwangau Knights died out in the 16th. century and the castle became ruins. During the Napoleonic wars the castle was heavily damages in 1800 and 1809. Until 1832 that was bought by King Maximilian the Ii and converted into a jewel of German romanticism. It was restores in 1832-36 by renewed artists of the romantic epoch, e.g. Mortiz von Schwind, Dominik Quaglio and many others helped to rebuild it. Thanks to their work, 14 rooms were furnished and may visited today.
King Ludwig II spent most of his time at this castle where he also received Richard Wagner who never visited his other castles
The Chapel was the former arms and drinking hall, was re-built into a chapel in neogothic style during the life of King Maximilian II. Holy Mass is still celebrated here.
The Hall of the Swan-Knight. The former dining room is famous for its impressive wall paintings, Scenes from the saga of the swan knight Lohengrin. It has influence from the romantic school. The chairs in the hall are covered by pressed leather partly gilded.
Berchta Room: According to the Bavarian saga, Charlemagne, the first great European, was born at the Reissmuhle of Gauting near the Starnberg Lake. The wall paintings are devoted to him and his mother Berchta.
The Living Room of the Queen. The wall paintings in the castle of Hohenschwangau are mainly fresco paintings on Gypsum ground. This room was restored in 1849. It has a big chandelier of silver, decorated with swans, the heraldic picture of the castle.
The Hall of Heroes.- The paintings of this festive hall illustrate the Wilkina Saga, part of the legends about Dietrich of Berne, which were lost in Germany but preserved by a Norwegian copy of the 13th. century.
The room of the Hohenstaufen. The Dressing and music room of the King. The wall paintings in that room are devoted to the Hohenstaufen dynasty. . Richard Wagner played here from his own works for Ludwig II .
The Tasso Room.- The royal bedroom was painted according to motifs of Italian poet Torquato Tasso. The pictures illustrate the tale of Rinaldo and Armida of Tasso's La Gerusalemme Liberata.
The Authari Room. This room is named after the ancient Bavarian saga of Authari, the King of Langobards, when he was wooing for Princess Theodelinde, daughter of Duke Garibald I. Richard Wagner stayed in this room during his visits to the castle.
Grant, 21, from Nebraska, wrote:
I think this castle gets overlooked quite a bit for its proximity to Neuschwanstein. I also think it's the better of the two. Hohenschwangau has more completed rooms to visit than it's large neighbor. The interior also contains much more history and things of interest than Neuschwanstein. Make sure you don't miss it.
Nancy, from Texas wrote:
Castle Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein are located in the southern part of Germany. The views from each castle is wonderful. Words can not describe how beautiful they are and the history that each castle has to tell. One needs to just experience it for their selves.
Gerry Meier, 40 from Missouri, wrote:
Hohenschwangau, the boyhood home of Mad Ludwig, is situated in a beautiful region of Bavaria, quite near the Austrian border. The castle can be seen from the windows of Neuschwanstein, another of Ludwig's castle. If visiting these, be sure to go to both of them. Hohenschwangau, the older of the two, is a shorter hike from the visitors' parking lot, and just as beautiful. It is fun to take a picture from one with the other in the background.
Fenir, age 18, from Germany wrote:
Hohenschwangau is a really nice castle right across from castle Neuschwanstein. Although less impressive, it is much older than its neighboring castle. King Ludwig of Bavaria and his brother grew up in Hohenschwangau, which had been restored after long abandonment, while neither of them lived long enough to witness the finishing of Neuschwanstein. There are a lot less tourists in Hohenschwangau and it is definitely worth seeing.
Kamila, age 17, from Maryland wrote:
Built by Maximillian II, father of the later king Ludwig II, this castle, neighbors the Neuschwanstein castle. It is very similar to Neuschwanstein , since it too posses that fairytale look. Lying lower then Neuschwanstein, it is much less of a walk up. Although all rooms in this castle were completed not all are open to the public. But those that are truly the work of beauty.
Scott, from California wrote:
Hohenschwangau was where Mad King Ludwig spent his boyhood years. It is a wonderful example of a castle that was actually a home. I walked up to Neuschwanstein Castle first, and then over to this one, and truly felt this was the better of the two. If you speak German, the German tour gives much more information than the English one… and there are several beautiful views of Neuschwanstein Castle from several windows here…