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Surroundings of Hohenschwangau

What are the sights near Neuschwanstein?

Schwangau Germany

What to see in the area of Schloss Neuschwanstein. Some tips on attractions and activities in the area of Hohenschwangau.

Surroundings of Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein

The surroundings of Neuschwanstein consits of green meadows and dark forests. Because of the many lakes, the region is also known as 'Ostallgäu Lakeland'. You will find two natural areas: the 'Ammergebirge', also known as the largest Alp area of Bavaria and the 'Bannwaldsee'; the former hunting terrain of Ludwig II with rare flora and fauna. The Ostallgäu region is therefore also a popular area for hiking and cycling.

Marienbrücke (Hohenschwangau)

Also known as the Pöllat bridge, named after Queen Marie and is the bridge over the Pöllat gorge. Originally a wooden footbridge was placed above the gorge by King Maximillian II in 1845, which was replaced by an iron substitute by King Ludwig II in 1866. The Marienbrücke is only 500 meters from the castle Neuschwanstein and is a popular place to photograph the castle.

Marienbrücke HohenschwangauThe Marienbrücke with a view of Neuschwanstein Castle (Image stock.adobe.com-JFL Photography)

Alpsee boathouse (Hohenschwangau)

The lake 'Alpsee' near Hohenschwangau has no harbor, but only a boathouse. Here you can rent small boats (May - October, 10:00 - 19:00 h) to view the beautiful surroundings and castles from the water. You can also walk around the Alpsee in about an hour and a half.

Alpsee HohenschwangauThe Alpsee with the two castles of Hohenschwangau and the Museum of the Bavarian Kings (Image stock.adobe.com-traveldia)

The thermal baths "Königliche Kristall-Therme" (Schwangau)

Thermal baths in the nearby village of Schwangau with crystal clear water, where the interior of the thermal complex is based on the fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein. More information.

Tegelbergbahn (Schwangau)

In summer, take the cable car to the top of the Tegelberg, where you have a magnificent panorama of the Allgäu and the Tyrolean Alps with the famous summit of the Zugspitze. There is a special summer toboggan run here for children. In winter this is an important ski area. More information.

Tegelberg SchwangauThe gondola to the top of the Tegelberg (Image stock.adobe.com-saprygins)


At only 3 kilometers from Neuschwanstein lies the medieval village Füssen with 15000 inhabitants. A city full of history with a baroque abbey, the basilica, various museums, old city walls and the remarkable castle 'Hohe Schloss'. Enjoy the special atmosphere in the old city full of fountains, cafes and shops. More information.

füssen schwangauCity center of Füssen (Image stock.adobe.com-anni94)
sights füssen schwangauCastle of Füssen (Image stock.adobe.com-janvier)

Schloss Linderhof

Another popular Bavarian castle, Schloss Linderhof, is located 59 kilometers from Neuschwanstein Castle. This is one of the three castles that were built by order of the crazy King Ludwig II. The castle was completed in 1878 and was the only castle that Ludwig II had fully completed before his death. The interior full of splendor, combined with beautiful gardens can be visited through a guided tour. It is recommended to book book your tickets for the tour.

City trip in the region?

A visit to this region can be combined with a trip to an old city. How about the Bavarian capital Munich at 120 kilometers, or the Austrian city of Innsbruck (114 km). Other old towns worth a visit are Augsburg (100 km) and Kempten (47 km).

munchen GermanyMünchen (Image stock.adobe.com-rudi1976)
innsbruckInnsbruck in Austria (Image stock.adobe.com-adisa)

Zugspitze (46 km)

The Zugspitze lies on the German-Austrian border. With the cable car you reach the summit of 2962 meters. On the panoramic terrace you have a view of the tops of 4 countries on clear days. More information.

ZugspitzePanorama from the Zugspitze (Image stock.adobe.com-pwmotion)
Neuschwanstein Hohenschwangau