Hohenschwangau Castle in Schwangau, Bavaria, Germany

The Hohenschwangau Castle, called in German as Schloss Hohenschwangau was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is a 19th century palace created by King Maximilian II of Bavaria, the father of King Ludwig II. The name of the castle literally mean, High Swan County Palace.

This was taken during my third visit in Schwangau last January 2011.

It is located 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 with Austria.

Hohenschwangau Castle was built on the remains of the fortress Schwanstein, which was first mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th century. A family of knights was responsible for the construction of the medieval fortress, and it served as the seat of the local government of Schwangau. In 1523, the schloss was described as having walls which were too thin to be useful for defensive purposes. After the demise of the knights in the 16th century the fortress changed hands several times. The decay of the fortress continued until it finally fell into ruins at the beginning of the 19th century. more infos here

 
 

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