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).
Interesting facts about Neuschwanstein Castle, in 1868, the ruins of the medieval twin castles was then utterly destroyed; the remains of the recent keep were blown up. The stony base for the palace was set on Gregorian calendar month five a year after and in 1872 its cellar was completed and in 1876, everything up to the gatehouse, the house being finished initially.
The needs and demands of the king at this time had grown throughout the development of Neuschwanstein and then did follow the expenses. Drafts and calculable prices were revised repeatedly. Prior to that, a modest study was planned rather than the nice throne hall, and projected
guest rooms were smitten from the drafts to create a place for a Moorish Hall, that couldn’t be completed because of lack of resources. Completion was originally projected for 1872, however, it was delayed repeatedly.
Another interesting fact about Neuschwanstein Castle’s history is that when Ludwig died, he only managed to stay and sleep there for eleven nights. The exteriors were almost done but it was still had scaffolds. Most of the rooms and walls were then simplified and after the king’s death, landscaping for the gardens was abandoned and forgotten.
During the two world wars, it survived because of its remote location. However in 1944, it became a depot for relics and antiques that the Nazis stole from France and until the end of World War II, it survived and it remained unscathed.
If you visit Neuschwanstein Castle, you will notice the stylish exteriors that really can make you think that you have been transported to a whole new world of fantasy where old kings, knights and maybe even dragons existed. Yet another fact about the castle is King Ludwig’s very candid
influence over the castle, which he designed himself. Inside of the castle would have two hundred chambers including rooms for guests, logistics, service, and servants but only fifteen are open and among them were the Throne Hall, the Hall of the Singers and a drawing room.
1.3 million people are welcomed into Neuschwanstein Castle annually, becoming one of the most popular tourist spots in Europe. In peak seasons, the castle has over six thousand visitors daily from June to August so guests without early reservations may have to wait for several hours before being toured all over the castle accessible areas. The tour lasts for thirty-five minutes and you are prohibited from photographing anything within the interiors of the castle. Tickets are processed and sold only in Hohenschwangau.