Crazy King Ludwig II and his Amazing Dream Castle

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Ever since I first saw photos of Neuschwanstein when I was a boy I vowed to some day visit that enchanting Bavarian castle.  Well consider that one boyhood dream fulfilled.  And I was not disappointed even though it is probably best viewed in the Spring, Summer or Winter (see photo collage below).  I actually found the fall foliage to be a sumptuous backdrop for the castle that was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

I thought a little photo slideshow might be best to show off Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau (a lesser known, but equally impressive castle nearby), but here is a collage of professionally taken photos of Neuschwanstein in all four seasons so you can see it in all its splendor.  This particular camera angle was apparently not available to us without a considerable hike which time did not allow for.

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The story of why and how the castle was built is fairly interesting.  If you are interested you can visit the links below for more information, but the basic story is that Ludwig II became king at 18 years of age when his father died and he immediately moved the royal year round living quarters from Munich to his boyhood summer home in Fussen and proceeded to have several sumptuous castles built in the area, one of which was Neuschwanstein.  He never married (although he was engaged once to a princess, but broke it off without explanation) and was given to bouts of eccentric behavior including drilling holes in the ceiling of his bed chamber and having eunuchs light and hold candles through those holes from the room above to simulate evening stars.  He died mysteriously (along with his doctor) in a lake in Munich at age 40.

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Neuschwanstein was never completed.  Incidentally Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Palace” and it was a source of inspiration for the classical composer Ricard Wagner (of “Swan Lake” fame) who was friends with Ludwig and visited the castle several times.

Click here for more info on King Ludwig II and Neuschanstein Castle

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