The royal castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein in the South of Bavaria, in the mountains on the border with Austria, are absolute masterpieces. The romantic Neuschwanstein castle was built by Ludwig II, the "fairytale king", in 1869-1886. Hohenschwangau castle was rebuilt by Maximilian II, Ludwig's father, in 1832-1838. In the latter Ludwig II spent most of his youth. Both castles were built in complete harmony with the surrounding countryside. Like an unset jewel, framed by the magnificent mountain countryside, they stand high on the rocks and can be seen from afar. Disney's fairytale castle of Sleeping Beauty was drawn after Neuschwanstein. All themes in both castles refer to the opera works of Wagner (Tristan and Isolde, the swan knight Lohengrin, Tannhäuser and the singers' contest, the Ring of the Nibelungen, the Meistersingers of Nuremberg, Parsifal), of whom Ludwig II was a big admirer and financial sponsor. Visit the site of Schwangau for more information. This page contains more information on the life of King Ludwig II of Bavaria.


Visit the sites of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and the Bayerische Zugspitzbahn to discover more of this splendid German Alpine region on the border with Austria.



This village in Bavaria is famous because of the "Passion Play" which is performed once every ten years. Visit the town's internet pages.


The old town of Wetzlar in Hessen, on the Dille and Lahn rivers, is typical for its lovely houses, streets and the cathedral. It is worldwide known as the birthplace of the LEICA (LEI-tz CA-mera). The production of contemporary Leica systems is now done in Solms, a small place next to Wetzlar, since 1988.