Standing guard atop a small rocky hill, the Schloß Hohenschwangau, or 'high swan county castle' in English, was the childhood residence of King Ludwig the Second, mastermind of Neuschwanstein. The castle was built by his father, Maximilian II, from the ruins of the 12th century fortress of Schwangau. Set in the southern reaches of the Bavarian kingdom, in fact the Austrian border lies between the forested hills above the castle and the rocky mountain tops at behind them, the castle was the summer residence for the family and the hunting paradise for Maximilian.
I snapped this shot from the western outlook of Neuschwanstein in the late afternoon and was fortunate enough to still have some fog hovering in the valley behind the golden home of kings. I did not have enough time to go explore the castle being I had spent most of my time in Ludwig's castle and the bakeries of the village below. But, it is on the list for the next Germany trip!