SightseeingMagnificient places to visit
The fairytale castle is just one of several castles built by King Ludwig II (1845 - 1886) – Bavaria also owes to him Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee. Neuschwanstein is located in a marvelous area in the immediate vicinity of the Hohenschwangau castle where Ludwig II spent much of his childhood. Only 60 kilometers away from Bad Wörishofen, you can visit the castle.
Opening hours: from 28 March to 15 October: 9.00 a.m. till 6.00 p.m.; from 16 October to 27 March: 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m.; daily except 1 January, 24 December, 25 December, 31 December.
Access is possible only with a valid ticket. Tickets are available at Ticket Center Neuschwanstein-Hohenschwangau, Alpseestrasse 12, 87645 Hohenschwangau.
Munich and the Oktoberfest:
The Bavarian capital Munich is just about 80 kilometers away from Bad Wörishofen and can easily be reached by car or train.
You will find there an endless variety of recreational activities. Lots of museums are waiting to be discovered – just to name a few of them: Deutsches Museum (German Museum), the Pinakotheken (art galleries), the BMW museum and the Bavarian National Museum. Even the Bavarian State Opera House is always worth a visit as well as one of the many beer gardens to enjoy a refreshing glass of beer.
The annual highlight in the Bavarian metropolis is the Oktoberfest. The 1810 horserace on the occasion of the marriage of Crown Prince Ludwig to Princess Therese of Saxony-Hildburghausen delighted the people so much that they decided to repeat this event every year. From these beginnings and over the years, there has evolved the largest folk festival in the world. Exclusively Munich breweries take care of the beer tapping in the huge tents. Rides and booths are also available at Theresienwiese.
The oldest social housing area in the world – the Fuggerei – can be visited in Augsburg 60 km away. The town hall with its Golden Hall is considered the most important secular Renaissance building north of the Alps. Also worth seeing are numerous museums such as the Swabian craftsmen museum, the Jewish cultural museum, not to mention the puppet theatre museum – the "Augsburg Puppet Theatre" which is something not only for children. Also the birthplace of Berthold Brecht, the world-renowned playwright and poet of the 20th century, is situated in Augsburg.
The beautiful Lake Constance (Bodensee) is located in the Alpine upland and has the adjoining countries Germany, Austria, and Switzerland. The distance between Lake Constance and Bad Wörishofen is 130 kilometers. The whole Lake Constance region with its orchards and vineyard plantations is well worth a visit. The lake itself attracts with numerous activities like swimming, sailing, diving, or shipping. Beautiful places on the banks invite you for a visit, such as Constance, Überlingen or Lindau with its lighthouse. Those who are interested in the topics can tour the Zeppelin museum in Friedrichshafen and the historic lake dwellings (stilt houses) in Unteruhldingen.
Even the islands in the lake are exciting destinations - Mainau with its botanical settings and the monastery island of Reichenau – a World Heritage Place.
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