Schloss Neuschwanstein or the New Swan Stone Castle is the most popular 19-th century castle in Europe. The “castle of the fairy-tale king” was built by King Ludwig II in 1886 in order to withdraw from public life.
Opened to the public only seven weeks after his death, this historical shiny palace is visited by 1.4 million people every year.
The Romanesque Revival Palace is situated on a hill above the village of Nohenschwangau near Fussen in Bavaria, Germany. The inspiration for its construction came in 1867 when King Ludwig II saw the Wartburg castle near Eisenach and the Chateau de Pierrefonds Palace. Their romantic interpretation of the Middle Ages was enough for him to start an architectural project of building a private refuge in the familiar scenery far from the vast Munich.
Furthermore, the music compositions “Tannhauser” and “Lohengrin” of his friend Wagner were a big inspiration to rebuild the enchanting castle.
Today the harsh climate has a damaging effect on the facades and the sheer rock walls must be restored.
Neuschwanstein is also famous because it appeared in several movies such as the war drama “Great Escape” in 1963, Helmut Kautner’s “Ludwig II” and the musical “Chitty chitty bang bang” in 1968. It is also an inspiration for Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty Castle”.
Since 1995 the Castle is on the German list for a future designation as UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Discover the astounding ancient Castle situated in the hills of the Alps surrounded by the lush and breathtaking scenery.
The trip starts from the capital of the Bavaria region, Munich, and proceeds with a 2-hour train or coach ride to the “Cinderella Castle”.
The enchanting construction was built by the mad King Ludwig II and looks as perfect as a wonder tale. The white towers of the castle rise magnificently to the heaven.
Your guide will also tell you a story about the turbulent times of King Ludwig and his obsession with mythology and music, his true inspiration for building this charming castle.
The trip will finish with a ride back to Munich that will offer you a view of the idylic landscapes of the marvelous mountains and valleys.
Duration: 9 hours