Neuschwanstein Castle

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30 Most Beautiful Castles in the World - 16/30

Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival Palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau in Southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. 

The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. The palace was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. 

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A Visit to Disneyland’s Inspiration, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein)

For more scenes from Neuschwanstein Castle and the Disney structures it inspired, be sure to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein), Sleeping Beauty’s Castle 睡公主城堡 and Château de la Belle au bois dormant location pages.

Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, Germany, completed the privately-funded construction of Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) in 1892. Although originally built as a retreat for the King and an homage to composer Richard Wagner, the castle became perhaps the most iconic structure of its kind due to events on the other side of the world 60 years later.

As Disney was designing their first ever theme park, Disneyland (@disneyland), in 1955, they decided to place a castle at the park’s center. The inspiration for the new structure was Neuschwantstein Castle with a few borrowed details from Notre Dame de Paris and the Hospices de Beaune in Paris. In 1992, the company introduced a similar structure at Disneyland Paris and in 2005 built a near replica of the California castle at Hong Kong Disneyland. While more than 1.3 million people visit Neuschwanstein Castle annually, over 16 million guests see the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim’s Disneyland Park each year.

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Neuschwanstein Castle

Fun fact: This castle was apparently the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle in Disneyland and Disney World’s Cinderella Castle! (Personally it reminds me a little of the castle in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast movie too?)

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Looming over the small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau are the turrets and towers of one of the world’s most famous “fairytale” castles. Schloß Neuschwanstein, or “New Swan Stone Castle”, was the fantastical creation of King Ludwig II – a monarch who dreamed of creating for himself an ideal medieval palace, nestled in the Alps. Though designed to represent a 13th-century Romanesque castle, Neuschwanstein was a thoroughly 19th-century project, constructed using industrial methods and filled with modern comforts and conveniences; indeed, without the technological advancements of the time, Ludwig could never have escaped into his medieval fantasy.

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