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“Comprehensive, thorough museum worth a visit.”

Museum of the Bavarian Kings
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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“Comprehensive, thorough museum worth a visit.”
Reviewed 9 July 2014

This museum was both a bit of an afterthought and a surprise, as I had originally planned to visit only if time allowed after seeing the two castles. Due to the brevity of both visits I made several trips here during my two days and it was quite worth it.

Located at an ideal location adjacent to the Alpsee, the Museum of Bavarian Kings can be visited separately from both castles or included in their admission at the main ticket office. An audio guide is furnished free of charge at the front desk and available in English. The museum starts off somewhat logically with a large family tree of the family from the 11th Century to the present, placing most of what you will see later in chronological context. The following rooms include exhibits on the royal castles, a 112-year history of the Kingdom of Bavaria, the changing role of the monarchy in society, and of course a bit on Ludwig II. There are also spots on the end of the dynasty and the current day family members, among various other topics. The audio guide was valuable but not essential, as English signage was decent and there were a wide variety of objects to compliment the text. Total time spent on site was probably three hours spread out over several visits.

Looking back on my two weeks in Bavaria this was the most comprehensive presentation of the Wittelsbach dynasty I saw, bar none. Much of the information even outside of Hohenschwagau tends to focus just on the 19th Century and although there was that tendency here, it was balanced by enough history before and after to put Ludwig in the proper context. In short, if you want to balance the grandeur of the surrounding attractions in Hohenschwangau with a little academic information put this on your itinerary. A recommended stop.

Visited June 2014
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“Interesting piece of history”
Reviewed 6 July 2014

This was a nice time filler between obtaining our castle tickets and the time for our tour. We learned a bit about Bavaria and the lineage of the kings. Spent about an hour. That's about the right amount of time. Free locker to store your stuff while viewing the museum (you get your euro back when you return the locker key).

Visited June 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“It was...eh”
Reviewed 1 July 2014

A little overpriced and a very small museum. There were some cool artifacts, but seeing it after two castles is a little overwhelming.

Visited June 2014
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Paris, France
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“Nice and interactive museum”
Reviewed 18 June 2014

Nice museaum, the outside looks old but the Inside is really modern. It is very interactive so you can get explanation into your language really easily.
Worth a tour if you take the whole package with Hohenschwangau & Neuschwanstein. In that case, you will need a whole day in the area.

Visited June 2014
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“Very interesting; it provides a context for the places you visit in town”
Reviewed 17 June 2014

This museum is a very good option if you want to know more about the kings and queens of Bavaria and the Royal Family in general. It complements the visit to Hohenschwangau very well, since it offers more information and historical context. The objects displayed are amazing and it varies from luxury to daily objects. It takes around 2 hours and there is an audio guide available in many different languages. There are also lockers in case you want to leave your bags and coats.

Visited April 2014
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