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Neuschwanstein Castle—Home to many myths and fairy tales


Neuschwanstein Castle with Lake Alpsee and the Allgaeu Alps in the background
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Schloss Neuschwanstein, a 19th century Gothic Revival Palace, is located on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Fuessen in southwest Bavaria. The castle was built by King Ludwig II (aka Mad King Louis II) of Bavaria in 1869 and was meant to be his place of peace and privacy.  He died in 1886 before completion of the castle.


Neuschwanstein is one of the top ten attractions of Germany. Its big white towers are well known all over the world. Located in perfect scenery, the castle could be the setting for a perfect romantic fairy tale. In fact, Neuschwanstein was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s castle in Disneyland. 1.3 Million people visit Schloss Neuschwanstein every year.

Take a tour of the castle and learn everything about its Mad King Louis II, his admiration for Richard Wagner, his passion for Wagner’s musical talent, and about how Wagner’s operas influenced the interior design of the castle. The castle looks medieval but it includes modern design and technology, such as hot water, modern toilets and heating systems. Had the castle been completed, it would have had more than 200 interior rooms. The total floor space of all floors adds up to almost 6,000 square meters. The largest and most significant rooms are the Hall of the Singers and The Throne Hall.  A tour through the castle will allow you to see and learn all about the King’s private chambers.

The view from the castle is magnificent. From the top you can see a spectacular panorama of mountains, lakes and valleys. You can also see the neighboring castle Hohenschwangau (Schloss Hohenschwangau).

Are you ready for a trip to fantasy world?

(Munich-Hohenschwangau estimated travel time 1.75 hours by car/130km)