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Schloß Hohenschwangau Travel Guide: 38 reviews and 104 photos

The building was the main residence of the government of Schwangau. As expected will be found the abundance of decorations in the interior, the innumerable paintings and the stories they narrate from the honorable persons of the German legend and history till to the heroic deeds of the then living generations of the family Wittelsbach.

A leitmotif of the castle’s interiors is the swan. The swan was the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau, whose successor the king considered himself to be. It is also the Christian symbol of the "purity" for which Ludwig strived.

Hohenschwangau was decorated with scenes from medieval legends and poetry, including the legend of the swan knight Lohengrin. Ludwig identified himself when still a boy with Lohengrin, to whom Richard Wagner dedicated a romantic opera in 1850.
Crown Prince Maximilian II of Bavaria, Ludwig II's father, had the ruined castle of Schwanstein rebuilt from 1832 in the "Gothic style". The young Ludwig was influenced by the romantic mountain scenery and the summer castle became one of his favorite places to stay.

Hohenschwangau was decorated with scenes from medieval legends and poetry, including the legend of the swan knight Lohengrin. Ludwig identified himself when still a boy with Lohengrin, to whom Richard Wagner dedicated a romantic opera in 1850.

The swan was also the heraldic animal of the Counts of Schwangau, whose successor the king considered himself to be. Maximilian II had already made the swan a leitmotif of Hohenschwangau. Idealization of the Middle Ages was thus combined with concrete local tradition.

If you are interested in beautiful Bavarian castles and mysterious Bavarian king I recommend to visit my following pages:

1) Schloss Herrenchiemsee;
2) Schwangau;
3) Hohenschwangau ;
4) Fuessen;
5) Schloss Neuschwanstein;
6) Schloss Linderhof.

My completed and coming next pages about Bavaria:
1) Augsburg,
2) Bamberg,
3) Bavaria,
4) Berg am Starnbergersee,
5) Berchtesgaden,
6) Burgthann,
7) Chiemsee,
8) Dettelbach,
9) Fussen,
10) Garmisch-Partenkirchen,
11) Greifenstein,
12) Harburg,
13) Heiligenstadt,
14) Hohenschwangau,
15) Hubmersberg,
16) Koenigsbrunn,
17) Koenigsee,
18) Munich,
19) Nurnberg,
20) Nymphenburg,
21) Obersalzberg,
22) Oberschleissheim,
23) Passau,
24) Prien am Chiemsee,
25) Regensburg,
26) Rothenburg ob der Tauber,
27) Schloss Neuschwanstein,
28) Schloss Herrenchiemsee,
29) Schloss Hohenschwangau,
30) Schloss Linderhof,
31) Schwangau,
32) Shoenau-am-Koenigsee,
33) Weikersheim,
34) Wurzburg.

  • Last visit to Schloß Hohenschwangau: Aug 2004
  • Intro Updated Jul 11, 2014
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  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jun 5, 2009 at 9:43 PM

    Another excellent pages of yours with a wealth of history! The photo of the lions and swan fountain is awsome.

  • Luchonda's Profile Photo
    Apr 5, 2008 at 11:00 PM

    I love the picture of the fountain carried by the lions. Greetz

  • starship's Profile Photo
    Dec 4, 2007 at 10:57 AM

    Thanks for the virtual tour--too bad they did not allow photos in the castle even if you paid. Hope to visit one day.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Apr 3, 2007 at 7:29 AM

    Lovely page on the charming Hohenschwangau and its romantic castle. Great info on tickets and tours.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2006 at 11:23 PM

    Hohenschwangau is less famous that Neuschwanstein, but in many ways it is more interesting in my opinion.

  • Aug 16, 2006 at 2:23 AM

    aha, swans were in the geraldic!! I'd like to visit these places next time over my trip to Munchen one day.

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