The Kneipp and climatic health resort Hopfen am See nestled in the beautiful Allgäu foothills of the Alps is a popular destination all year round, offering the best recreational conditions and many sports and leisure activities. The holiday resort belongs to the town of Füssen and lies in the Königswinkel in the Allgäu region with many attractive sights to discover, such as castles and palaces. The most interesting castles and palaces around Hopfen are presented below.
Rich green meadows, crystal-clear waters and majestic mountains - the Allgäu holiday resort Hopfen am See delights its visitors with a magnificent landscape and many leisure activities in the pleasant mountain air. In addition, holidaymakers in the Allgäu region can look forward to interesting castles and palaces in and around Hopfen, which are well worth a visit.
The most impressive sights are certainly the world-famous royal castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau enthroned in the idyllic mountain landscape just outside Füssen. Neuschwanstein castle was built between 1869 and 1886 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II. From the outside, it is reminiscent of a medieval knight's castle, while being pompously furnished in the inside. The artistic pictures and motifs inside the castle have often been used as a backdrop for films and movies. The castle even served as a model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland Paris, leading visitors into a romantic fairytale world that enchants around 1.5 million tourists from all over the world every year. Directly opposite Neuschwanstein stands the pretty Hohenschwangau Castle, where Ludwig II lived for a long time together with his parents King Maximilian II and Queen Marie. The very well preserved interior provides unique insights into the life of the royal family. Both castles can be visited during a half hour guided tour. Tickets are available at the Ticketcenter Hohenschwangau.
Always worth a visit is Hohe Schloss sitting on a hill above the romantic old town of Füssen. The magnificent Gothic building is one of the best-preserved medieval castles in Bavaria and has a large gallery with paintings and sculptures of the Bavarian State Painting Collections and the Municipal Gallery in addition to the interior rooms worth seeing such as the opulently furnished Knights' Hall and the two “French Rooms”. The castle itself is also decorated with artistic architectural and illusion paintings, which alone make it worth seeing.
The Allgäuer Königswinkel also offers numerous castle ruins with exciting impressions from the time of the knights and damsels. Above Hopfen are the ruins of Hopfen Castle, the oldest stone castle in the Allgäu. Although only remains of the walls of the high medieval castle have survived, the view alone makes the ascent recommendable. Not far away, the castle ruins of Hohenfreyberg and Eisenberg form a castle ensemble that is visible from afar and dominates the landscape. The two castles are a popular excursion destination and were extensively renovated a few years ago. There are viewing platforms for a fantastic view of the Allgäu and Tyrolean mountains.
Another must-see are the ruins of Falkenstein Castle on the eponymous mountain near Pfronten during a stay in Hopfen am See. It is the highest located castle ruin in Germany and has a spectacular exposed sight. Fairytale King Ludwig II acquired the castle in the 19th century and planned to build another Neuschwanstein-style palace on its site. Only his sudden death in 1886 at Lake Starnberg thwarted this project. From the castle ruins reachable via several hiking trails, there is a magnificent view of the Tannheim mountains and the Tyrolean Vilstal.