Southern Bavaria - get to know the "Land of Castles"

Bavaria is also known as the "Land of Castles" with its unique examples of great European architecture and magnificent interior. Besides the north of Bavaria, Munich and its surroundings offer many places of interest that can be visited while staying in Munich for a city tour. Many of the buildings will further astound you with their setting in beautiful parks and gardens. We have looked out for the most beautiful ones for you and your groups!

Impressive castles, magnificent palaces and gardens in southern Bavaria

Palaces of NymphenburgPalaces and Parks of Nymphenburg

Nymphenburg Palace was originally built as a holiday home for the Royal Family of Bavaria. Construction started in the late 1600s, was extended throughout the 18th century by a succession of rulers and now contains some of the most remarkable Rococo architecture in Europe. See where King Ludwig II was born and where Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart gave one of his early concerts. Take a stroll around the grounds and other buildings and discover an opulence that simply has to be seen to be believed!

Herrenchiemsee New Palace and Park

In the middle of the 19th century King Ludwig II of Bavaria decided that the Herreninsel at Lake Chiemsee was to become the location of his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (New Palace). The "Bavarian Versailles" was still unfinished, when the king died in 1886. The King Ludwig II Museum documents the story of his life with painted portraits, busts, historic photographs and original state robes. Furthermore, visitors can see the Great Hall of Mirrors, the Writing Room, the Blue Salon and the Small Gallery.

Neuschwanstein Castle

The palaces of Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau near Fuessen

In 1868 King Ludwig II ordered the construction of a medieval German castle on a rugged cliff against a scenic mountain backdrop to help him withdraw from public life. While the building itself replicates the 13th century Romanesque style, some of the images of the murals are based on themes from Wagnerian operas such as "Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin". After the Kings death in 1886, Neuschwanstein Castle was opened to the public and until today it has become one of the most popular castles in Europe.

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle was first mentioned in records of the 12th century and remained in the possession of the knights of Schwangau until the 16th century. In 1832 King Maximilian II., father of King Ludwig II., ordered the castle rebuilt according to original plans as summer and hunting residence of the Bavarian royal family. Today the castle is open to the public with various rooms, e.g. the “Hall of the Heroes” or the “Queens and Kings Bedroom” showing famous paintings, royal furniture, painted ornaments and murals.

Linderhof CastleThe Linderhof Palace and Park near Fuessen

After having started to redesign his Munich Palace and plan Neuschwanstein Castle, King Ludwig II further ordered a recreation of Versailles resulting in Linderhof Palace. It turned out differently but still Linderhof Palace was the only palace, King Ludwig II lived to see completed. The park was designed by Carl von Effner surrounding the palace with baroque gardens, terraces and cascades in the style of Italian Renaissance.

These palaces and many more can be visited during a city tour to Munich. Plan a day excursion to Fuessen including a visit to Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Palace and Hohenschwangau Castle or take your group over to Lake Chiemsee including a visit to Herrenchiemsee Castle. If you are interested in visits to other castles or parks in or around Munich please do not hesitate to contact us - we look forward to organize an individual tour programme featuring your travel ideas!


Credits:
Palaces of Nymphenburg © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung, www.schloesser.bayern.de
Neuschwanstein Castle © Touristik Arbeitsgemeinschaft Romantische Straße
Hohenschwangau Castle © AugustusTours
Linderhof Castle © AugustusTours