Inside Neuschwanstein part 1

Perched over one of the world’s prettiest gorges, the castle is everyone’s fantasy dream. It’s located in the German state of Bavaria, close to the border with Austria. In order to get to the castle, you must pass through the Black Forest on foot. As you meander through the snake-like path in the woods, you suddenly make the final turn and then you see it … the view that takes your breathe away.

If you take one of the daily 35 minute tours, which is the only way to see the inside because you cannot roam freely, you can reach heights that are level or above the clouds, as you can see in the photo.

Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II, also known as “Mad King Ludwig”, to replicate medieval architecture and he built his castle with the help of a stage designer for pure pleasure; as a fantastic summer retreat. However, he never got to spend a single day inside.




Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle was built by King Ludwig II, also known as “Mad King Ludwig”, to replicate medieval architecture and he built his castle with the help of a stage designer for pure pleasure; as a fantastic summer retreat. However, he never got to spend a single day inside.




Some interesting facts about the castle are:

*Ludwig II admired Richard Wagner, and Neuschwanstein is a homage to the German composer. Many scenes of Wagner’s operas are depicted in the interior of the castle. In fact, Neuschwanstein shares the same name as the castle in Wagner’s opera Lohengrin.

Neuschwanstein
Neuschwanstein

*Despite the castle’s medieval appearance, Ludwig built in modern technologies of the day, such as flush toilets, running hot and cold water, and heating.

*Until today, the exact circumstances of Ludwig’s death remain unexplained; some say he committed suicide, others believe he was murdered. But either way, Ludwig never got to enjoy his castle. The foundation stone was set on September 5th, 1869. When Ludwig II died in 1886, the castle was still not complete.

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