Neuschwanstein

#70 - Munich, Germany
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Once upon a time someone built this fairytale castle.
It's no surprise that it was used as inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. Originally built as a retreat for Ludwig II of Bavaria and homage to Richard Wagner, this 19th century Gothic Revival palace is nestled above a hill in plain site for travelers coming its way. This destination is not only popular because it's our #70 AbsoluteVisit, but also because of its architectural beauty inside and out of the castles' walls.
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Neuschwanstein Hohenschwangau view from
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Neuschwanstein back side
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Neuschwanstein back side valley from the
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Neuschwanstein castle Marienbrucke Polla
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Neuschwanstein castle clouds rolling in
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Neuschwanstein from the valley mountains
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Neuschwanstein with red entrance
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  • Built for King Ludwig II, this German castles name also means 'New Swan Stone' from one of Wagners opera characters, the Swan Knight.
  • Neuschwanstein is one of the most photographed castles in the world, and cameras arent even allowed inside!
  • This year (2012) Neuschwanstein will appear on a commemorative 2 Euro coin.
  • The castle served as the inspiration for Sleeping Beautys Castle at Disneyland in California.
  • It took fourteen carpenters over 4 years just to finish the woodwork in the bedroom alone.
  • Despite it being built for King Ludwig II, he only slept 11 nights in the castle. There is not even a throne inside, as he died before the Throne Hall was even finished!
 

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