In the hills above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen in the Bavarian region of Germany you will find not one but two castles overlooking each other.
The older of the two castles is Hohenschwangau Castle (or Schloss Hohenschwangau as it is known in Germany).
The castle was built in the 19th century by King Maximilian II of Bavaria and was used as a summer house and hunting lodge for the Bavarian Royal Family and King Ludwig II spent his childhood there during the summer months.
After his fathers death Ludwig had his own castle Neuschwanstein built on another hill overlooking Hohenschwangau. He had it built as a retreat and as a homage to his friend the musician Wagner who Ludwig deeply respected and had a great love for his operas. Sadly only 14 rooms were finished before Ludwigs death and Wagner had also died before setting foot in the castle.
Neuschwanstein is the ultimate fairytale castle and was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s Castle and has been the backdrop for many a film – most notably Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The village also has the Museum of The Bavarian Kings which is an exhibition through time into the history of the Wittlesbach Dynasty and their Bavarian Kings.
With all of the above being in such close proximity then it really is a tourist magnet so expect big queues and expensive prices for parking and entrance fees.