Neuschwanstein was opened to the public in 1886, just seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II. The shy king had had the castle built in order to escape from the gaze of the public eye – and his retreat now began to draw in the crowds.
In time long past, witches and wizards were thought to possess magical powers, enabling them to float through the air from castle to castle with the greatest of ease. Today, you can emulate them by crossing the record breaking suspension footbridge “Highline179” that connects the remarkable Ehrenberg Castle Ensemble with the remains of the 17th-century Roman Fortress Claudia in the market town of Reutte. Budding knights, brave squires and damsels of the castle will have to challenge themselves to make it across the 405 meter long, swaying bridge at a dizzying height of 110 meters, linking the historic relics with stunning mountains and valleys always in sight—not for the faint of heart! Visitors to the Ehrenberg Castle Ensemble will be enthralled by an extraordinary experience…
Attractions unlimited experience of nature. Here you will find the forest in its original form to experience and understand what tasks he has for nature. Since 2002, we allow you to get to know the forest habitat. Our informative exhibitions and a varied outdoor terrain invite you and your senses to learn more about the forest, nature and mountain.
Crowned king in 1864, Ludwig II first began his series of building projects in 1867/68 with the construction of his rooms in the Munich residence and the laying of the foundations for Schloss Neuschwanstein.
By 1868 he had already developed the first building project for Linderhof. Yet neither the planned project to build a palace modelled on Versailles down in the valley or plans to build a great Byzantine palace came to fruition. Instead, his building activities focused on the former little forester’s house of his father Maximilian II which stood at the time on the site of today’s castle forecourt and which the king had already used (when he was the crown prince) for hunting expeditions with his father. After a long period of building work and modifications, the resultant Schloss Linderhof turned out to be the only palace structure of any significant size that King Ludwig II would see completed in his lifetime.
Once considered the castle as impregnable building and was the most important customs checkpoint between the northern and southern trade route.
Today the hermitage belongs with all the surrounding castles to the most important fortresses in the northern Tyrolean Alpine foothills. Just a few minutes away from the royal palaces of Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau.
You’ll find blissful relaxation for the body, mind and soul at the ‘Royal Crystal Thermal Spa’ inside the spa gardens at Schwangau, home to the most sublime form of swimming and bathing culture. As a guest you can enjoy a truly royal atmosphere, a continuation of the dreams that fairytale king Ludwig II once had for creating a swimming paradise. Check out the Byzantine patterns in the mosaics on the marble walls. 15 tonnes of precious and semi-precious stones decorate the thermal spa and the sauna area in accordance with the medicinal teachings of Hildegard von Bingen.
The Alpine Spa Ehrenberg is situated in the holiday region of Reutte, with stunning views of the castle Ehrenberg and the surrounding mountains of the Lechtal Alps, Allgaeu Alps and the Ammergau Alps.
The Lechweg offers an extraordinary nature experience, from the inhabitants molded by their landscape and the truly mythical stories. The wanderer accompanies the Lech for almost 125 Kilometers. From its spring near the Formarinsee in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg to the Lechfall in Fuessen in the Allgaeu.