Bavaria’s Romantic Road Castles

Neuschwanstein Castle up close
Neuschwanstein Castle

Germany is a beautiful country, and Bavaria is one of the most spectacular parts. The area is lush, mountainous and filled with incredible castles (or schloss as they are called in German). The Romantic Road really earns its name with the charming villages and breath-taking scenery that surround the route.

I visited the southern portion of the romantic road, stopping at Neuschwanstein Castle, Linderhof Palace, Hohenschwangau Castle and the lovely Oberammergau Village.

Schloss Neuschwanstein

Schloss NeuschwansteinSchloss Neuschwanstein is a magnificent castle atop a hill surrounded by stunning landscape. The castle itself is quite a sight, but the surrounding landscape paired with the structure is what makes it so magical. Unfortunately, it was rainy and cloudy on the day I visited so I wasn’t able to see the surrounding area in all its splendor. But even still, it was an incredible sight to behold and very much like the stuff of fairy tales.

The castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who was a bit of a recluse, with the intention of using the palace as a personal spot to escape. Neuschwanstein was never completed, but has been visited by tourists (somewhat ironically) since Ludwig II’s death in 1886. The interior of the castle that was finished is insanely intricate and stuffed from wall to wall with ornate objects. The ceilings, walls and furniture are styled with a variety of paintings, mosaics and carvings in the majority of the rooms.

To learn more about Neuschwanstein’s history, visit here.

Schloss Linderhof

Linderhof PalaceSchloss Linderhof’s interior is a little less extravagant than that of Neuschwanstein, but it is still lavish in its own way. Again, the palace was a creation of Ludwig II. The castle itself is gorgeous and worthy of a visit, but the surrounding area really takes it to another level. The vast and lush gardens are what make it such a memorable spot.

Ludwig II was a fan of multiple styles of architecture, and incorporated them into the park surrounding the palace. He had a Moroccan house, Venus grotto, music pavilion and chapel (among other structures) established in the castle’s park. The variety and vastness of the gardens are what make them so incredible. I admire Ludwig II’s imagination and boldness in his design.

To learn more about Linderhof’s history, visit here.

Schloss Hohenschwangau

Schloss HohenschwangauThe lesser known older brother of Neuschwanstein Castle, Hohenschwangau Castle is the prominent structure in the village it gets its name from. It was built by Ludwig II’s father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria. The castle is the least extravagant of the three, but is elegant in its more simple nature. I didn’t tour the inside of the castle, but I was able to walk around the building. It has delightful little pathways and a distant view of Neuschwanstein.

To learn more about Hohenschwangau’s history, visit here.

Oberammergau Village

I stopped in the village mostly as a place to grab a meal and rest between visiting schloss. It was a charming little spot with rows of picturesque homes. The town is know for its wood carving, and several stores had a variety of intricately carved wooden creations and souvenirs.

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