If you are looking to learn more about Castle Hohenschwangau, its origins, and current status then look no further. This article will talk about the 19th century palace that is located in Southern Germany, what it was used for, and how it stands today. Castle Hohenschwangau is just one of those places that you just have to see in person to appreciate. But of course, there's a lot more to it than just external appearances.
Castle Hohenschwangau is sometimes also referred to as the Schloss Hohenschwangau which means "High Swan Palace", and served as the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria's father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. You can find it in the German village of Schwangau near the town of Füssen, part of the county of Ostallgäu in southwestern Bavaria, Germany, very close to the border of Austria where it rests on the remains of the fortress Schwanstein.
Facts about fortress Schwanstein first became available when it was mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th century. It is said that a family of knights was responsible for the construction of fortress Schwanstein and it was used as the seat of the local government of Schwangau. It was able to stand on its own until the beginning of the 19th century when it finally fell. It was then discovered by King Maximilian II of Bavaria in April 1829.
King Maximilian II of Bavaria commissioned the architect Domenico Quaglio to work on a neogothic style exterior design for the reconstruction of the castle on this location The architect worked on the castle from February 1833 until his death in 1837. The task then was finished by Joseph Daniel Ohlmller (died 1839) and George Friedrich Ziebland.
When it was completed, Castle Hohenschwangau became the official summer and hunting residence of King Maximilian, his wife Marie of Prussia, and their two sons Ludwig and Otto. These two princes spent many years of their adolescence in this castle, living in the annex while their parents, the King and Queen, lived in the main building. When King Maximilian died in 1864, his son Ludwig succeeded the throne and continued to enjoy living in Hohenschwangau, even though he had already built his own castle called Neuschwanstein in a place nearby.
The Hohenschwangau Castle withstood both World War I and World War II, where it suffered no damage whatsoever. These days, its primary purpose is to serve as a tourist spot, where some 300,000 visitors from all over the world go to visit each year. It is open open all through the year for visitors except for Christmas and you can go there on guided tours. Opening hours from April through September are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. while from October through March, it is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Czech, Slovenian, and Japanese guided tours are available and are pretty much the only thing you can't do there is to roam the area for free. Simply put, Castle Hohenschwangau is definitely an excellent tourist spot for those who are visiting Germany.