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Schwangau Travel Guide: 58 reviews and 243 photos

Schwangau is situated on the southern Germany's Romantic Road, which runs from Würzburg to Füssen and on the former roman road "via claudia augusta".

Schwangau also is situated on the coast of the Forggensee.
In the North-East part of Fussen the Lech- river was dammed to make a storage lake of some 16.5 square kilometres, measuring 12km x 3km. It is the fourth largest lake in Bavaria. The Forggensee navigation run a regular timetable of motor boats during the summer months.

This is a country of castles, palaces, mountains and lakes is a holiday region of the very best kind and an ideal point to set out from to explore Bavaria, Swabia and Austria...

The history of the Knights of Schwangau goes way back starting with the legend of the Knight Driant. Driant is said to have appeared one day, on the Alpsee (The lake below Schloss Hohenschwangau) in a boat that was pulled by a swan. Driant is from an area between the River Lech and the Alps during the time of Charlemagne.

Some surviving information gives evidence to a Schwangau Noble named Hiltepold of Schwangau who was mentioned in the 12th century. He was described as the retainer of a powerful Guelphic Prince. Generations of knightly retainers from Schwangau would go by the name Hiltepold and in the 13th century one distinguished himself above all others through his poetic and musical talents.

The Knights of Schwangau were richer than other noble families of the time because of the mineral deposits mined on their lands and by the 14th century they owned four castles in close proximity to each other. Today being the sites where Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein are built.

Their possessions began to shrink through the years and the castles fell into ruin and were eventually sold to various owners until Maximilian bought and restored Hohenschwangau.

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

1) Herrenchiemsee;
2) Fuessen;
3) Hohenschwangau ;
4) Schloss Hohenschwangau;
5) 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 Schwangau: Aug 2005
  • Intro Updated Jul 11, 2014
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  • mvtouring's Profile Photo
    Oct 26, 2009 at 10:01 AM

    Another great page, cannot decide where to make my base. Schwangau, Garmish or Weilheim. Any suggestions?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Jul 23, 2009 at 1:10 PM

    A long time ago, I campe in Schwangau but did not visit: the goal was Neuschwanstein Castle and my time was limited.

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    May 28, 2008 at 7:52 AM

    Beautiful mountains and wonderful castle of the mad King Ludwig.

  • poons's Profile Photo
    May 1, 2008 at 12:38 PM

    Outstanding pages Sergey! A snow blizzard stopped me reaching Schwangau area & Neuschwanstein one time... I will try again someday. Fascinating monarch that Swan King!

  • nicolaitan's Profile Photo
    Jan 28, 2008 at 8:57 AM

    This is where we did not get to - regretfully. Wonderful you went into the gorge - picture of the Marienbrucke nobody else has. Travelogues are great and the dogs are beautiful. N.

  • iandsmith's Profile Photo
    Feb 20, 2007 at 3:45 PM

    Impressive stuff, I must read more of your work.

  • globetrott's Profile Photo
    Aug 17, 2006 at 11:18 PM

    You really saw a lot of that area, Sergey !

  • Aug 13, 2006 at 11:26 PM

    nice views of the swan country :-) The gorge is really beautiful as well as the castle is amazing in architecture. Very nice place for visiting, maybe one day i'll be there too


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