The Schachen Palace is the place where the Fairy-Tale King liked to lose himself in his dreams. And, in just one summer, he made his dream of a secluded alpine palace come true. The Kings House was erected in 1870. Construction was difficult, because, back then, the gravel road to the site already ended at the Wettersteinalm lodge, well below where the castle was to be built. From there, mules and people had to transport all of the building materials, including the chandelier of bronze weighing several tons that still illuminates the Turkish Room today.
As a Bavarian king, he was not familiar with concerns about a long hike up to the remote terrain of the Wetterstein range, high above Garmisch-Partenkirchen. After all, he had enough servants, palanquins and riding horses used to rugged terrain. And thus, King Ludwig II often stayed at the King's House on Schachen. Today's visitors, in contrast, have to leg it up themselves, either via the Kälbersteig trail starting out from Garmisch-Partenkirchen or by taking the Elmauer Forststraße, a forest road. The opportunity to view the Fairy-Tale King's personal quarters and the view across the Werdenfelser Land, though, are a royal reward for the effort.
Guided Tours of the Palace: Mon. to Sun., at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, 2:00 PM and 3:00 PM and upon request
June to October (depending on the seasonal weather)
Bayerische Verwaltung der staatlichen Schlösser, Gärten und Seen
Schloss Nymphenburg, Entrance 16
The Botanical Alpine Garden is located almost next to the King's House on Schachen, also known as the King's Hunting Palace. For more than 100 years, it has served as a field station in the Wetterstein mountain group for the Botanical Garden in Munich-Nymphenburg. At 1,860 metres above sea level, it offers ideal growth conditions for more than 1,000 plant species from different high mountain ranges, from the local Alps to the remote Himalayas.
Mon. to Sun. 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
(June to September)
Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg
Menzinger Str. 61