Distance from hotel: 88.5 km
Ludwig II., King of Bavaria from 1864 onwards, addressed the following lines to Richard Wagner, whom he much admired:
"It is my intention to rebuild the old castle ruin of Hohenschwangau near the Pöllat Gorge in the authentic style of the old German knights' castles, and I must confess to you that I am very much looking forward to living there one day (in 3 years' time); there will be several cosy, habitable guest rooms with a splendid view of the noble Säuling, the mountains of Tyrol and far across the plain; you know the revered guest I would like to accommodate there..."
In 1886, seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The reclusive king had built the castle as a refuge from the public. Today, Neuschwanstein is Bavaria's foremost attraction.
More information at: www.neuschwanstein.de