Schloss Hohenschwangau was the castle of King Ludwig the 2nd’s parents and this is also where he grew up. This castle is less impressive than Neuschwanstein in my opinion although it also looks nice, but not really like a real castle, at least not a largely impressive one. We took a half hour guided tour in this castle and what is nice is, that it still has the antique furniture and some really valuable presents in the rooms.
An interesting thing is, that the king and the queen were not really living together. The queen lived in the first floor and the king in the second floor and you could really notice that also in the types of rooms the two had in their respective floor. Although this living situation, there is a hidden staircase in the walls, to get directly from one bedroom to the other. One impressive thing was in the bedroom of the king, the ceiling is a painting of the sky with many stars, who could be lit up by servants from the floor above by placing oil lamps on glass tubes that connected to the stars. Also there was a mechanism, which made it possible to adjust the moon shape according to the actual moon phase.
Apart from that we got to see the kitchen and the servant’s rooms. The paintings on the walls were very impressive and from the romantic age, which means that on a painting that shows a fight scene with many fallen people on the ground there is no blood or injuries anywhere. A strange thing in the whole house though, was that all of the paintings on the walls had a description above them from those days when people still lived there. I found that a bit weird and a bit less homey.
Although this castle is finished, I found Neuschwanstein more impressive as well from the inside as also especially from the outside, but I really enjoyed visiting this one as well, to see how Ludwig II grew up, and where he spent most of his time.
Have a lovely evening!