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Schloss Neuschwanstein

Listed under Castles & Palaces in Bavaria, Germany.

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Neuschwanstein is not a thousand year old castle build for defense like most other castles, but the dream castle of a Bavarian King in the 19th century. In 1869, King Ludwig II began to build this castle in the sky. The castle is set high in the Bavarian Alps on the site of the ancient ruins of two castles, Vorder and Hinterhohenschangau. Its snow white walls and tall towers are the very image of a fairytale castle befitting a King. It is built in the style of the late Romanesque castles of the Hohenstaufen dynasty as interpreted by King Ludwig II. The construction of Schloss Neuschwanstein was never completed. A castle keep was to be built in the main courtyard that would have towered above the existing structures in true fairytale style, but the tower was never built. Only 14 rooms inside the castle were completed. The King spent lavishly on Neuschwanstein and was also building two other castles at that time, the Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee. The Linderhof was the only one to be completed. Plans for a fourth castle, Falkenstein, were also being designed. The royal family was distressed by the amount of money that Ludwig was spending on his dream castles. So they developed evidence to have the King declared instable and unfit to rule due to mental illness and had him taken away to Berg Castle in June of 1886. The next day the King went on a walk with his doctor. A few hours later both their bodies were found drown in Lake Starnberg. All construction on Ludwig’s castles stopped after his death. It was ruled suicide, although some say he was murdered. It remains a mystery to this day. A few weeks after his death, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The completed rooms can be visited via a guided tour and showcase tales of Parsifal and other epic sagas. Today, Schloss Neuschwanstein is Germany’s most photographed building and most visited castle.

Written by  Ron Lyons Jr..

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“Fairytale Palace”

Schloss Neuschwanstein Bavaria, Germany Began in 1869, Schloss Neuschwanstein is a Bavarian castle in the romantic medieval architectural style, designed and over seen by a theatrical set designer rather than an architect and commissioned by a monarch … Read more...

Written by  Kynan Wieltz.

“Excerpt from 'Bavarian Rapsody'”

By Tanya Gold for The Guardian, First published July 23. 2005 ...I take the Dracula Has Risen From The Grave route to Neuschwanstein - I hire a horse, a wagon and a man wearing the sort of hat Goebbels wore when he was being casual. We pass ravines, wa… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

“Excerpt from 'The madness of Bavaria's king of kitsch'”

By Sarah Turner for The Observer First published May 21, 2006 ...When Ludwig wanted a fairytale castle, he built Neuschwanstein next to the castle where he grew up, Hohenschwangau. A 40-minute drive away from Linderhof, it is built high in the mountain… Read more...

Written by press. Full Article from The Guardian

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The walk up the mountain is a tough one but what you are greeted with when you reach the top is worth it.

I went to Europe tour last year. There are actually thousands of castles throughout Europe. Neuschwanstein Castle was one of our stops and it was AMAZING! The sightseeing is amazing. The castle was built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria. The castle was equipped with all kinds of technical conveniences which were very modern.

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what kind of technical conveniences are you talking about - sounds cool!

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