Picture: Alpsee

From the castles of Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein there is a splendid view of the Alpsee. It covers an area of almost one square kilometre, with just under five kilometres of shoreline and a depth of up to 62 metres. The lake nestles between wooded mountain slopes in an area of unspoilt natural beauty which was already popular in the 19th century – the Bavarian kings built their romantic castles here on sites originally occupied by the strongholds of medieval knights.

Today there is a wide variety of hiking trails in the vicinity, and on almost all of them you are following in royal footsteps. This is true of the circular path leading round the shore, which is more or less in its natural state and is protected as a nature reserve, and also of the "Fürstenstrasse" (Princes' Road). This leads from Hohenschwangau over the Schwarzenberg ridge and down to Pinswang in the Lechtal.

Neuschwanstein Castle

General information on the lakes
(Moorings for boats/diving permissions)

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Lake information:

Responsible administrative office

Bayer. Schlösserverwaltung/
Außenstelle Ammersee
Landsberger Straße 81
82266 Inning/Stegen
Telefon 08143 9304-0
Fax 08143 9304-30

Schlossverwaltung Neuschwanstein
Neuschwansteinstr. 20
87645 Schwangau
Telefon 08362 93988-0
Infoline 08362 93988-77
Fax 08362 93988-19

How to get there

The Alpsee is located approximately 4 km southeast of Füssen near Hohenschwangau Castle.

Paths round the lake

Nearest railway station:


Public transport with nearest stop:

Bus to "Hohenschwangau"

Parking space:

Car park at Hohenschwangau 

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