One of the world’s most magnificent castle, built by King Ludwig II Of Bavaria, is rumored to be the real-life inspiration for Disneyland’s fairy-tale castles.
The iconic Neuschwanstein Castle sits high in the Alpine foothills of Germany, above the village of Hohenschwangau in southwest Bavaria. The 19th-century Romanesque Revival Castle, which stands on the site of two ruined smaller castles, is one of the most visited castle in the world.
The castle was commissioned by the ‘fairy-tale’ Ludwig II of Bavaria, as a retreat and in honor of Richard Wagner whose music dramas and writings fascinated him. Completed in 1886, the castle was designed in the Romanesque Revival style. With its towers, white limestone facade, deep blue turrets and throne hall, the Castle looks like it was plucked straight from your favorite fairy tale.
Despite Ludwig’s grand plans, only 14 rooms of the Castle are currently finished. On the guided tour, visitors have access to the cave-like grotto, the king’s bedroom, the Singer’s Hall, and other lavish rooms. Neuschwanstein castle was intended as a home for King Ludwig II, but he died in 1886. Within weeks of his sudden and mysterious death, the magnificent castle was opened to the public, where it quickly became one of the region’s most visited attractions.
The castle is rumored to be the real-life inspiration for the castle in the Disney classic – ‘Cinderella’, released in 1950, and ‘the Sleeping Beauty’s castle’ in Disneyland. The resemblance, after all, is striking!