Located in Hohenschwangau, at the southwestern borders of Germany. It is like a castle some people would envision when someone mentions “a castle of ancient kings”. It is not exactly a surprise once you find out this is the very castle that inspired Princess Aurora’s, from Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, castle. In the 19th Century, plenty of castles were being built or being renovated, often done to have a more regal picturesque. This palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria. With the intention of this castle as a holiday for Richard Wagner and Ludwig personally financed for the construction of the castle (including borrowing and loaning).