Culture & history in the Allgäu

If you are interested in culture & history, in the Allgäu and all around Schwangau you can find a very diverse range of offers. 

In the towns and cities, history is with you every step of the way. City walls, defensive towers, narrow, winding lanes, large market squares, churches and monasteries are witnesses of medieval and indeed of Roman roots. The royal castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are the magnets attracting the public among all the many palaces and castles the region has to offer.

You can also experience the traditional Allgäu in the numerous folk customs and festivals that characterise the year. 

Perfect activities for an adventurous holiday

Hohenschwangau Castle

The father of King Ludwig, Maximilian II, King of Bavaria, acquired the ruinous castle of Burg Schwanstein in 1832 and rebuilt it in a Neo-Gothic style. Afterwards, it was used as a summer residence and hunting lodge. 

Near to this castle is the Museum of the Bavarian Kings, which documents the history of the aristocratic house of Wittelsbach.

The castle can only be visited, if you book a guided tour. We recommend to book your tickets well in advance online.

Neuschwanstein Castle

In the mid-19th century, King Ludwig II had Neuschwanstein rebuilt, not as an official residence but as his exclusive private retreat. However, he died before the building could be completed.   

Today, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous sights in Germany. It is difficult to leave the magic of the fairy-tale castle and a visit during your stay should be a definite fixture.

The castle can only be visited, if you book a guided tour. We recommend to book your tickets well in advance online.


Festival theatre (Festspielhaus) in Füssen

The location of the Festival Theatre in Füssen, right by Lake Forggensee on a specially constructed headland, is just as spectacular as its programme of events.   

We would be happy to inform you about the theatre during your stay!

Ludwig² - The successful musical in its original setting

The successful production "Ludwig2 - the Musical" has found its home in the Festspielhaus Füssen until 2029. We would be happy to inform you about the current times of performances.

The town of Schwangau

Schwangau is popularly known as the "Village of the Royal Castles". Here, King Ludwig II of Bavaria realised his royal dream with the castles of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau. But there is a lot more that Schwangau has to offer! Such as the royal Thermal Bath Kristalltherme, or many bike, walking and hiking routes. You will find an activity for everyone!  

The town of Füssen

The enchanting medieval town of Füssen is only 4 km away from Schwangau. The Baroque monastery, the city walls and the defensive towers plus the Italianate style of the old town's narrow streets and stores make it well worth a visit. Culture enthusiasts should not miss out on the museum of Füssen.  

The Romantic Road

Schwangau lies along the route of what is probably the most impressive holiday road in Germany. Among the most famous places along the Romantic Road are Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Würzburg, Füssen, Augsburg and Dinkelsbühl.

Places & valleys worth seeing
  • Ettal is the site of a Benedictine monastery (49 km).
  • Oberstdorf is where the annually held 4-jump ski jump tournament is held; the biggest mountain shoe in the world is on display in the local museum.
  • Oberammergau is famous for its Passion Play (approx. 40 km).
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen was where the fourth Olympic Winter Games were held in 1936 and is home to many top sporting events (approx. 60 km).
  • Kempten is the main city of the Allgäu (approx. 45 km).
  • Augsburg is home to the Fuggerei, the world's oldest social housing project, and also has a number of other interesting sights to offer. (approx. 100 km).
  • Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol (approx. 120 km) or Swarovski Crystal World designed by André Heller in Wattens (approx. 127 km) are also within reach.
  • The Lechtal has glorious natural scenery; the best way to explore the nearby Plansee and the Heiterwangersee lakes is by a boat trip (approx. 30 km).
  • The Tannheimer Tal is the highest valley in Europe (approx. 30 km).