Holidays close to world-famous royal castles

The  royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are the reason for taking holidays. The castle of Linderhof is also nearby.

Beeindruckende Ausblicke rund um die Königsschlösser

Holiday with Castles view

Just a few kilometres from Halblech, the most beautiful castles of the world reach up to the sky. In some parts of our community  you are able to see the silhouette – fantastic with full moon. Enchanting atmosphere at night – only you and the illuminated castles!  The fairytale of the Bavarian King Ludwig II, is renowned throughout this region.

Königsschloss Neuschwanstein

Castle Neuschwanstein

is well known by guests from Germany and throughout the world  as a farytale castle. High on the rock lies the dream of King Ludwig – which became true.

Opening hours and admission charges Information

You will find more facts and stories regarding the castles under the menu heading: Tours and Culture

Balkonblick des Schloss Neuschwanstein

Our tip for a visit to Neuschwanstein Castle

Pre-reservation for a guided tour is recommended. This will avoid waiting in the long queues at the castle ticket office. Click here for online booking up to two days in advance. Reservation by telephone 08362/930830 is possible one day before the desired tour.

  • The castles can only be visited as part of a guided tour.
  • We recommend after the tour to walk to the Marienbrücke (Mary's bridge).
  • From there you will see Neuschwanstein Castle, the lake area up to Halblech – a tremendous and unforgettable view.
  • Please note: because of essential renovation work, the bridge might be closed until May 2016.
  • The area round the castle is mostly crowded. We recommend travelling by bus with the guestcard of Halblech – without charge. After the breathtaking visit of Neuschwanstein, you can take the bus back and relax in our idyllic countryside.
Schloss Hohenschwangau im Herbst

Hohenschwangau Castle

As a child, as regent and in the construction period of Neuschwanstein,  King Ludwig II spent a lot of time in Hohenschwangau castle. You can still see today the King's binoculars from which he observed the progress of the construction work.

Information on opening hours and admission charges:

Click here Hohenschwangau Castle

Schloss Linderhof

Linderhof Castle

The baroque castle of Graswangtal was the first to be built – jokingly, so called the bachelor apartment of King Ludwig II. Also impressive is the castle's spacious park  with its water fountains and other interesting buildings.

Information on opening hours and admission charges:

Click here Linderhof Castle

Faszinierender Kenzenwasserfall

Favourite Places of the royal family

The „Wittelbacher“ is the name of an aristocratic family from which the Bavarian dukes and kings originated. The entire family was absolutely mountain enthusiasts. Queen Marie, the mother of King Ludwig II, wandered with joy in the mountains and in 1863 she climbed up with her son to the Hochplatte, the highest mountain of our region (2082 m).

In addition to the castles, the royal family owned a great deal of hunting and mountain huts which they frequently visited. This tradition was passed down to the Uncle, Prinzregent Luitpold, after the death of King Ludwig II.

In 1850, King Maximilian II – the father of the fairy tale king – owned a hunting lodge in Halblech, 300 meters  away  from the current Kenzenhütte. King Ludwig II changed the lodge in 1880 into a „Königshäusle“ with additional huts for footman and horses.

Two of his favourite places were the „Kenzenwasserfall“ (waterfall) and the „Wankerfleck“ which still exists today:  idyllic places with a great view of the striking „Geiselstein“.