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King’s House on Schachen

The King’s House on Schachen (German: Königshaus am Schachen) is a small castle (Schlösschen) at Schachen, Wetterstein mountain massif, about 10 km south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany, built by Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was constructed between 1869 and 1872. It can only be reached by a three to four hour hike, either from Elmau or Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and provides a view of Zugspitze.

The King’s House on Schachen was built between 1869-1872 to designs by architect Georg von Dollmann. It is often described as a hunting lodge, though Ludwig never used it for this purpose, instead utilizing it for birthday and anniversary celebrations. The building is the least-known of the palaces built by Ludwig. One room (known as the “Turkish Room”) occupies the entire upper-floor of the castle, and is elaborately decorated in an Oriental fashion. The extravagant upstairs interior stands in stark contrast to the exterior and ground floor, which are rather modest.

Adjacent to the house itself is the Alpengarten auf dem Schachen (1 hectare), an alpine botanical garden maintained by the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg which cultivates over 1,000 plant species from the Alps to the Himalayas.

Open: The Konigshaus am Schachen is open from the end of May to the start of October.

-Tours: You can only inspect the Königshaus on a guided tour. They run at 11am, 1pm, 2pm, 3pm and 4pm.
They’re done in German, but of you ask the tour guide he can explain a few things in English too.

-Phone: Call another of Ludwig’s palaces, Schloss Linderhof for more info on
+49 88 22 92 030. Or you can call the restaurant/guest house, called the Schachenhaus, on the number below.

-Accommodation: The same family that runs the restaurant has a guesthouse with 70 beds. You can choose between staying in a dorm with mattresses on the floor for €10 or getting a private room for €15. (at time of print).
It’s open from the end of May until the middle of October.
For more info see the website here or call +49 0172 8768 868

Getting There

Via the Partnachklamm

The Königshaus makes a nice day trip from Garmisch-Partenkirchen in combination with a jaunt through the Partnachklamm (a spectacular natural gorge).
It’s possible to do the whole thing in a day-trip from Munich, just leave bright and early.  The path from the Partnachklamm is well made, but quite steep. It rises up 1150m from the bottom. Pack your best walking shoes and a big bottle of water.

Via Schloss Elmau

There’s a less strenuous, but longer way up starting from the car park near the hotel Schloss Elmau. From there you “only” have to climb up 850m.  You can also do this route on a mountain bike. To get there get a connecting train from Garmisch-Partenkirchen one stop further to the village of Klais and then continue along the street Elmauer Weg.

And here’s a map of the hiking routes around Garmisch-Partenkirchen, including those leading up to the Konigshaus am Schachen.
The journey from Munich’s train station takes about an hour-and-a-half and you can check connections here.

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