Hohenschwangau was built by the Bavarian King Maximillian II, around 1837. (His son, Ludwig II, built the neighboring Newschwanstein castle, which he moved into in 1884.) We did not tour the inside of this castle, but enjoyed walking around the perimeter of the impressive building. It's setting was really quite impressive with the nearby lakes and surrounding mountains.
Neuschwanstein is a 19th century Romanesque Revival style castle. King Ludwig II, lived in this home for only 172 days before he died mysteriously. Apparently, he went for a walk and never returned. The inside of the castle was never completely finished, but the rooms that were are truly magnificent. We were disappointed that we were not allowed to take photographs, and when I tried to take a couple, I was quite chastened by our tour guide. (Photos used to be allowed are are available online by clicking on this link.) The intricate painting of walls and ceilings is beyond imagination with combinations of colors that are beautifully inspiring. I fell in love with a cobalt blue, gold and rich dark brown textile that was used in the King's bedroom that I would love to use in a home someday! Behind the castle is Marienbrucke - or Marie's bridge. The rain did not stop us from making the short trek to the bridge. From this location you can get a spectacular view of this gorgeous monument which was the inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle.