King Ludwig II’s childhood castle
From 1832 – 1836, Crown Prince Maximilian of Bavaria had the dilapidated Schwanstein Castle rebuilt in neo-Gothic style. This is where King Ludwig II spent his childhood.
The Hohenschwangau Castle was designed and decorated by Maximilian’s art teacher, architect and stage designer Domenico Quaglio, as a romantic residential castle. Beautiful large murals decorate the ballroom, Queen Marie’s oriental room, the Hohenstaufen room, the Tasso room (used by King Maximilian and Ludwig II as a bedroom) and Marie’s writing room.
The murals in Marie’s room, also called the "Berchtazimmer", tell the story of Charlemagne’s birth at the rice mill in Gauting, in the Ammersee region.
Visiting the Hohenschwangau Castle
The Hohenschwangau Castle, which today belongs to the "Wittelsbacher Ausgleichfonds" fund, can only be visited as part of a 35-minute-long tour. Luckily, the Hotel Zum Hechten in Fussen is the perfect home base for a visit to this and the Neuschwanstein Castle.