Rising boldly from the Bavarian Alps is one of the most spectacular castles in the world – Castle Neuschwanstein – a majestic fairy tale fortress for the “Fairy Tale King,” perched high in the mountainous terrain of the German Alps. In an effort to escape the public eye, to his own personal retreat of medieval splendor, King Ludwig II ordered the design and construction of the one of today’s most visited and recognized castles in the world…only to live there a short while before his death. In 1886, seven weeks after Ludwig’s death, Castle Neuschwanstein opened its doors to the touring public and has welcomed visitors ever since.
Although Castle Neuschwanstein appears to be centuries old and born of the Middle Ages, construction began relatively recently on this sentinel of the Bavarian Alps in 1868 and although it opened 1886, a few years before the Eiffel Tower, some of the interior spaces have never been completed.
From the ground floor to the astonishing “Singer’s Hall” on the 4th floor, you will find most of the walls lavishly decorated with masterpieces inspired by the legends in Richard Wagner’s operas whom Ludwig idolized and revered most of his life – hence the reason he was known as the “Fairy Tale King.”
Plus, you’ll see the “Throne Room,” a spectacular two-story grand hall inspired by the magnificent Byzantine churches throughout Europe. It was designed to house Ludwig’s throne which was never constructed because of his untimely death. Moving on through the Palas or Royal Residence, elaborate oak paneling decorated with bas-relief carvings adorns the walls in the dining room; silks and delicate embroidery with ornate wood working embellish King Ludwig’s bedroom; and there’s even a small grotto replete with stalactites and stalagmites! This is just a small sampling of what awaits you and other visitors to the Castle Neuschwanstein!