Snowbound Steam in Deepest Germany
By Jack Stacey
6 November 2018
As part of an ongoing series, our content team share their favourite railway experiences in destinations across the world.Read more
Hohenschwangau Castle (Castle of the High Swan County), was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II. It is located in the German village of Schwangau near the town of Füssen, very close to the Austrian border. The castle was built on the remains of the fortress Schwanstein, first mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th century.
A family of knights was responsible for the construction of the original medieval fortress, and 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. In 1829 Crown Prince Maximilian, who became King Maximilian II of Bavaria, discovered the historic site and reacted enthusiastically to the beauty of the surrounding area, acquiring the property in 1832. One year later the reconstruction of the Castle began, continuing until 1837.
Whimsical palaces and gingerbread castles set the theme of our fairy-tale rail tour, during which we relax in the wonderful Bavarian countryside, visit the capital of Bavaria, Munich, and take a trip by train up the Zugspitze, the highest mountain in Germany.… see more
10 days from £1,995 ppView tour details >
Bavaria's magnificent castles, mysterious forests and magical mountains are the backdrop to this majestic tour, uncovering many hidden gems in the historic kingdom of Bavaria. Discover the fairytale Neuschwanstein Palace, the Zugspitze mountain and the charming town of Füssen.… see more
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Expect plenty of seasonal Bavarian traditions on our festive Alpine rail break to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, with spellbinding castles to visit, great meals to enjoy, an exciting journey on the Zugspitze Railway and a sleigh ride at Christmas.… see more
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