One of the most attractive tourist destinations in Bavaria once served as a summer residence for the Bavarian royal family. King Maximilian II acquired the 12th-century ruin and had it converted into a neo-Gothic castle in the mid-19th century. In addition to murals with motifs from medieval legends, the recurring image of the swan in the interior is particularly striking. The future King Ludwig II and his brother Otto spent a large part of their childhood in the picturesque castle near Füssen. Long walks in the mountains were a favourite pastime of the royal family. Today, Hohenschwangau Castle can be visited on a guided tour.