Neuschwanstein Castle

It is the castle of castles and a real fairy tale treat. It is also the major inspiration for Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle. It is built in the architectural style of a Romanesque Revival Palace.

 

About the Castle

This castle was built by Ludwig II although he died before its full completion. It was to be a residence for him and he did move into it but only lived there for a short period of time before he died.

In the 19th century fortress style castles were no longer needed or useful. But the allure of the beautiful castle was very strong and they were stil being built but in a different architectural style. They were now more of a palace with castle and fortress characteristics.

And Neuschwanstein castle exemplifies this by honoring the castles of the past, bringing in new and romaticized ideas of the middle ages. And in particular as an homage to the romantic and dramatic music of Richard Wagner.

Construction started on the castle in 1869 and it was opened to the public shortly after the owner's death in 1886 although never fully completed.

 

About Visiting the castle

This castle is rightfully one of the most visited castles in Europe. And in the summer it receives up to 6,000 visitors a day.

For security reasons the castle only offers guided tours that last about 30 minutes. These tours are both in English and German. But audio tours are also available in many other languages.

Just outside the castle is a franchised castle restaurant and inside the castle is a cafe/bistro.

The Castle Official website is here

 

 

 

 

 

(Photo courtesy of Larry Dumas)

 

Neuschwanstein Castle: An Exploring Castles Travel Guide

Fairytale Neuschwanstein Castle is one of Germany's most breathtaking tourist attractions. But, with more than 1.3 million visitors a year , it's easy to get caught in the crowds - and caught out with the prices.

So, if you're planning to visit Neuschwanstein, or are just interested in discovering more about its incredible history, this Exploring Castles Travel Guide, fully updated for 2016, is written with you in mind.

The 106-page guide is full of insider tips on how to beat the vast crowds, save money on castle entrance, and discover secret attractions other tourists miss.

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