LIKE IN A FAIRY TALE
The Allgäu region offers a variety of castles for culture enthusiasts to visit.
Thefairytale castle of Neuschwanstein, built in 1869 by King Ludwig II, attracts over 1.3 million visitors from all over the world and is one of the most famous sights in Germany.
Hohenschwangau Castle first mentioned in history in the 12th century under the name of Schwanstein Castle.
High Castle Füssen Construction began in 1291 and once served as the summer residence of the prince-bishops of Augsburg.
Eisenberg and Hohenfreyberg castle ruins built at the beginning of the 14th century by the Hohenegger line.
Falkenstein Castle built in 1270 as Castrum Phronten and used until the 17th century.
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Built in 1869 by King Ludwig II, the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein offers a unique location above the village of Hohenschwangau with a wonderful view over Füssen and the surrounding area. The magnificent interior can also be viewed on one of the daily guided tours of the castle. Every year, the castle attracts over 1.3 million visitors from all over the world and is one of the most famous sights in Germany. The castle is often associated with the Walt Disney Castle.
Especially in summer during the high season, there can be up to 10,000 visitors a day, which is why it is recommended to pre-book tickets online at www.hohenschwangau.de at least two days before your visit to avoid long waiting times. Tickets can also be purchased directly on the day of the visit at the Hohenschwangau Ticket Center.
You can reach Neuschwanstein Castle in just 7 minutes by bus #78 and #73 from Füssen main station.
Hohenschwangau Castle, which was rebuilt by Ludwig's father, King Maximilian II, served the royal family primarily as a summer residence. It was first mentioned in history in the 12th century under the name of Schwanstein Castle.
Both the king and his brother Otto spent a large part of their childhood there.
The castle is not only worth a visit because of its magnificent interior design and original furnishings. From there you have a unique and beautiful view of Neuschwanstein Castle and the Alpsee lake below.
This castle can also only be visited on one of the tours on offer. Tickets can be purchased directly on the day of the visit at the Hohenschwangau Ticket Center and online at www.hohenschwangau.de no later than two days before the desired day of the visit.
The High Castle of Füssen. Built in the 13th century and rebuilt into a castle several times over the centuries, the High Castle stands on a hill above the old town of Füssen. Today, the castle is used as a museum and exhibition venue, among other things, and wedding cer emonies are also becoming increasingly common. The well-preserved castle complex with its towers promises a great view over the old town of Füssen. Once the summer residence of the prince-bishops of Augsburg. Today a municipal gallery and branch gallery of the Bavarian State Painting Collections. It is a sight to behold both inside and out.
The High Palace is open at the following times:
April to October: Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
November to March: Friday to Sunday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m
Eisenberg Castle, built in 1315 by the Hohenegger line, is even older than the ruins of Hohenfreyberg Castle. Hohenfreyberg was not built until 1418 and is one of the last major new castle buildings of the Middle Ages. Both castles were burnt down at the end of the Thirty Years' War to prevent the castles from falling into the hands of the Swedish Protestant army. This turned out to be unnecessary after a change in the army's route of march.
Hohenfreyberg and Eisenberg Castle are located on two adjacent hills to the north of Pfronten and are therefore only a few minutes' walk from each other. It is worth visiting both castles on a pleasant walk. An ascent is possible from the villages of Eisenberg and Zell. From the top you can enjoy the view over the surrounding mountains and countryside.
A stop at the Schlossbergalm for lunch or coffee and cake afterwards will make every hiker's heart beat faster.
The ruins of Falkenstein Castle in Pfronten are located on the mountain of the same name and, at 1269m, is the highest castle in Germany. Built in 1270 by Count Meinhard II of Tyrol, it was intended to serve as an intimidation and deterrent against the Duchy of Bavaria.
in 1883, King Ludwig II acquired the castle in the hope of transforming it into one of his fairytale castles. However, only the water pipes were installed and an access road built, as the king died under mysterious circumstances on Lake Starnberg in 1886.
Today, the castle ruins are freely accessible and can be easily reached on foot or by car. The location offers a wonderful view over the Vils valley and the southern Ostallgäu. The Burghotel Falkenstein is located directly below to the east and the Schlosshotel Schlossanger Alp to the west.
The ruins can be reached by car via Pfronten on a single-lane serpentine road. A traffic light regulates the ascent and descent times. This allows you to pass without oncoming traffic. Hourly regulation: 15 minutes after to 5 minutes before the hour. Departure: Full hour to 10 minutes after.
Hike to the ruins at 1277 m from the Breitenbergbahn Pfronten parking lot.
- Difficulty medium
- Length 8.3 km
- Ascent 411 m
- Duration 2 1/2 h
There is a Marian grotto on the way in a cave, and the ruins now serve as a viewing platform with a 360° view of Pfronten and even Neuschwanstein Castle.
The fortress ensemble consists of the Ehrenberg castle ruins, the hermitage, Fort Claudia and another fortress at the top of the castle.
First mentioned in 1296, the complex has been extended and expanded time and again and now offers a variety of hiking trails. The ruins of the hermitage, which is located in the valley and was once used as a customs station, now house a museum. There you can learn more about the history and background of the complex.
Treasure hunts and "hands-on history" are offered for children.
A highlight is the "Highline 179", which was newly built in November 2014. This is the longest pedestrian suspension bridge in the world, which runs between the Ehrenberg ruins and Fort Claudia. The 406 m long and 114 m high bridge gets its name from the B179 road that runs underneath it. The bridge can be crossed daily from 8 am to 10 pm.
This castle ruin in Hopfen am See is the oldest stone castle in the Allgäu and is located on a hill above Hopfen am See. First mentioned historically in the 11th century, the castle served a Guelph family of servants in 1172 and was subsequently used as the official seat of the provost's office in Füssen until 1322.
The castle lost its importance when the High Castle was rebuilt in the 13th century. In the 18th century, the already dilapidated castle was used as a quarry to rebuild the St. Mang monastery in Füssen.
Today, following restoration work, the castle's foundations and walls, which are up to 3 meters high, can be viewed.
Hike to the ruins at 860 m from the Hopfen am See lakeside road
- Difficulty medium
- Length 2.3 km
- Ascent 130 m
- Duration 3/4 h