Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Today we’re traveling to the Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. Located in Schwangau, Germany near Fussen, the castle was built for Ludwig II and in homage of the great musical composer, Richard Wagner. Although it was built as a refuge and retreat for the reclusive king, the castle became a hugely popular tourist attraction right after his death in 1886. Check out these amazing pictures of the castle!

The palace is lavish and theatrical, both inside and out. Ludwig II had a high interest in the design of the castle and was much involved in the process of its construction. Unlike other castle in the era, this one was built asymmetrically. It took 23 years to finish it and it was far from complete when Ludwig had died. He had only resided in the castle for 172 days before his death. Richard Wagner had never got to set foot in the castle before his death.

The interior of the castle would have included more than 200 rooms, yet only 15 rooms and halls were actually finished. The largest room in the castle is the Singers Hall (pictured above), which stands 27 by 10 meters. The room was designed for court festivities and entertainment. The castle may never have been finished but it has served as a model for other castles, the most widely known being Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at Disneyland in California.

The Neuschwanstein Castle is a magnificent beauty that can’t be overlooked. Looking over a breathtaking view of the Alps, it is no wonder the Ludwig wanted it built so perfectly at this very location!

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