Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle

  • Cultural & Historical
  • Architecture
  • Museum
  • Excursions
  • Amusement Park
Recommended for: Luxury Family Culture

Although perhaps best known for inspiring the Disneyland castle, there is much, much more to the story of this 19th-century yet-unfinished Romanesque Revival palace. Young King Ludwig II, who was its first and only proprietor, was something of a queer, Wagner-crazed dilettante for whom Neuschwanstein was to be a private retreat. The whole construction was inspired by his love for the traditional knight's castles of lore, and there is something Michael Jackson-tragic in the unfinished wings of the failed Neverland (the king only spent eleven nights on its premises). Also worth visiting is the Schloss Lindenhof, the only palace Ludwig saw to completion, with its faux-grotto designed especially for the king to hear private recitals of one of his favorite Wagner operas. The best deal is the Konigsschl├Âsser combo-ticket, which grants entry to all three of the palaces for 24 Euro.

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Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschwansteinstra├če, Schwangau, Germany