Experience culture – discover traditions

Although we grew up with the rich culture and colourful traditions in the Allgäu, they still continue to amaze us. Many of them are known far beyond our region. We don’t always look to the past, however. The Allgäu has a rich cultural and art scene with attractive events. Don’t miss out on the customs, crafts and cuisine that are typical of our region.

Hohenschwangau Castle

King Ludwig’s father, Maximilian II and King of Bavaria, conquered the fallen Schwanstein Castle in 1832 and rebuilt it in the neo-Gothic style. It was used as a summer and hunting residence.

Near to the castle is the Museum of the Bavarian Kings, documenting the history of the nobility from Wittelsbach.

You can only visit the castle as part of a tour. We recommend booking tickets online well in advance.

Neuschwanstein Castle

King Ludwig II had Neuschwanstein constructed in the mid-19th century not for representational purposes, but exclusively as his private retreat. However, he died before the building was completed.

Today, Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Germany’s best-known tourist attractions. It’s difficult to avoid the magic of the fairytale castle and a visit during your stay is a must.

You can only visit the castle as part of a tour. We recommend booking tickets online well in advance.

Festspielhaus Füssen

The festival hall gives you wonderful views of the castles and mountains. The location of Füssen’s festival hall right on the Forggensee on a specially created peninsula is just as spectacular as its events programme.

We would be happy to provide you with more information during your stay.

Ludwig² – the hit musical at the original venue

The hit production "Ludwig2 - the Musical" has been at home in the Festspielhaus Füssen since 2009. We can provide you with information about performance dates and times.


Schwangau is known as the village of the fairytale castles. King Ludwig II of Bavaria turned his majestic vision into a reality with the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles. However, Schwangau has even more to offer, such as our Royal thermal bath and plenty of cycling, walking and hiking paths. There’s something here for everyone!

The city of Füssen

Just 4 km away from Schwangau is the magical medieval city of Füssen. Its baroque monastery complex, city walls and defence towers combined with the Italian flair of the winding old town and its little shops are well worth a visit. The city’s museum has plenty to offer culture enthusiasts.

The Romantic Road

Schwangau lies on what is probably Germany’s most impressive holiday route. The best known among the towns on the Romantic Road are Rothenburg ob der Tauber, Würzburg, Füssen, Augsburg and Dinkelsbühl.


Wieskirche – which is actually called the Pilgrimage Church of the Scourged Saviour – is one of the most famous rococo churches in the world. It has been a UNESCO world cultural heritage site since 1983. The church is well worth a visit. Since it is only 20 km away from Schwangau, you absolutely must include it in your holiday plans.

Local tourist attractions & valleys

  • Ettal houses a Benedictine monastery (49 km).
  • Oberstdorf is the venue for the annual Four Hills Tournament in ski jumping while the largest hiking boot in the world is displayed in the museum of local history (approximately 80km).
  • Oberammergau is known the world over for its Passion Play (approximately 40 km).
  • Garmisch-Partenkirchen with the Zugspitze was the venue of the IV. Winter Olympics in 1936 and many top sporting events (approximately 60 km).
  • Kempten is the Allgäu metropolis (approximately 45 km).
  • Augsburg has both the Fuggerei, the oldest social settlement in the world, and a number of other tourist attractions to offer (approximately 100 km).
  • Innsbruck, the capital of Tyrol (approximately 120 km), or the Swarovski Crystal Worlds in Wattens designed by André Heller (approximately 127 km) are nearby.
  • The Lechtal is a wonderful nature conservation area, and it’s best to discover the nearby Plansee and Heiterwangersee on a boat trip (approximately 30 km).
  • The Tannheim Valley is Europe’s highest valley (approximately 30 km).

Flower island of Mainau

In spring with a million tulips, in early summer with 1,000 roses, or 12,000 dahlias in autumn, the flower island of Mainau on Lake Constance is a flower paradise throughout the year. You can reach the island by boat from Konstanz or Meersburg between April and October.

Lake Constance

Lake Constance, also known as the Swabian Sea, is just around 100 km away from Schwangau. Near to the lake you will find numerous attractions for young and old, too many to list here. It’s best if you take a look and see what you feel like doing.


If you ever get bored of the quiet life in Schwangau, then take a trip to Munich. You don’t even need a car, since you can easily reach the Bavarian metropolis by train from Füssen just under 2 hours.