A Trip To Bavaria Won't Be Complete Until You See Neuschwanstein Castle
We recently took a trip to see Neuschwanstein Castle near Fuessen. There are Castles and there are Castles And then there is Neuschwanstein.
After seeing Neuschwanstein Castle, or Schlo Neuschwanstein you can go home with all your childhood faith in fairy tales restored.
For Neuschwanstein is a Castle that looks like a Castle should.
Located in Southwest Bavaria, this beautiful fairytale castle was a remarkable project initiated by "Mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria, or more affectionally referred to as "The Fairy Tale King", son of King Maximilian II.
It sits perched high on the hill overlooking the border town of Schwangau and its sister castle, Hohenschwangau and was originally called New Hohenschwangau Castle. After King Ludwigs death, it was re-named Neuschwanstein, the castle of the Swan Knight, Lohengrin, from of Wagners opera of the same name.
Although only 14 rooms were completed inside (due to the King's unexpected death in 1886), they are magnificent.
When seen from the distance, with the turrets rupturing the mist and an array of peaks in the background, it is easy to let the imagination run wild.
The foundation of Neuschwanstein Castle rests on a 3,300 foot shoulder of rock under towering mountain peaks and above the distant farmland surrounding the town of Fussen.
Hiking up the hill to the castle, and marveling at the immense size of the stunning architecture, I imagine the King surveying the surrounding countryside form the turret, 190 feet above the entrance. What a view he must have had!
Inside,you get a breathtaking view of the Alps, Marienbrucke (Mary's Bridge) and Hohenschwangau Castle, King Ludwigs boyhood home.
Neuschwanstein Castle is the most photographed sight in Germany and is one of the most popular tourist destinations.
Yes, there are lots and lots of tourists.
With that said, make sure to bring your camera and be prepared for long lines to enter the castle.