Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous castles in the world and one of the most visited tourist attractions in Europe.
The 19th century castle was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria and built on the ruins of 2 previous castles that once stood here. The king was inspired by the castle of Wartburg and Château de Pierrefonds. He built Neuschwanstein Castle in honor of his friend Richard Wagner. Some rooms in the castle contains characters from Wagner's opera. The design of the castle was drawn by stage designer Christian Jank, architect Eduard Riedel realized the project.
Construction of Neuschwanstein Castle started in 1869. When King Ludwig II died in june 1886 it was not completed. At that time some rooms and buildings were undertaken a more simplified construction.
When visiting the castle you'll have to park the car at Hohenschwangau and then walk to the castle. This steep walk can take up to 40 minutes. It's also possible to take a horse carriage which will bring you close to the castle. It's recommended to reserve your tickets for Neuschwanstein Castle in advance to reduce waiting time. Tickets can be picked up at the visitor centre in Hohenschwangau. Taking pictures of the inside of the castle is not allowed during the tour.
The best place to take pictures of Neuschwanstein Castle is from Marienbrücke(Marien Bridge). But keep in mind that it can be a bit crowded on the bridge because it's a very popular place.
Location: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany.
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