Schloss Neuschwanstein, Beieren, Germany
This week we have a magical pin of the week: the castle “Schloss Neuschwanstein”. It’s one of the most fairytale like castle’s and therefore really popular, located on a cliff in the village Hohenschwangau.
The castle of Sleeping Beauty
It is no wonder that Walt Disney used this castle as an inspiration for the castle of Sleeping Beauty. Walt Disney visited the castle in person, to reconstruct it in his first theme park in California.
History of the castle
The castle has been built in assignment of by King Ludwig II, at the end of the nineteenth century. The castle was a personal hideaway for the King. His affection for the Middle Ages and the medieval legends of Richard Wagner’s operas was implemented during the construction of the castle. Nowadays you can recognize the characteristics of the Middle Ages in the whole interior.
King Ludwig II was the oldest son of King Maximilian II. Following in the footsteps of his father, he took place on the thrown on the age of 18. He was one of the most beautiful men of his time, but very shy. King Ludwig II, was once engaged with his niece Sophie of Beieren, a sister of the empress Sisi. After postponing the wedding several times, he eventually broke off the engagement. The reason is not known. He never got married and didn’t leave an inheritor.
The castle was built on the ruins of ‘Vorder- un Hinterhohenschwangau’, the former residence of the knights of Schwangau. After the last Schwangau-member died the castles ‘Vorder- un Hinterhohenschwangau’ became abonded and later on destroyed. King Ludwig named the new castle ‘Neue Burg Hohenschwangau’, referring to the knights of Schwangau. After the death of King Ludwig II the name was changed into ‘Neuschwanstein’. “Schwan” meens ‘Swan’ and was the King’s favourite animal.
Only seven weeks after the King’s mysterious death in 1886, the castle was opened for public. Visitors had to pay an entry fee, which was used to pay off a debt which rested on the castle. Irony of the story is that King Ludwig II never wished to open up his castle for public, because he preferred to withdraw himself from public life.
The castle became one of the greatest tourist attraction of Germany, with 1,3 million visitors a year. Visitors can go up the cliff by foot, by bus and last but not least by coach; what a fairytale that is! The view from the castle with its surrounding mountains is magnificent.
View the Schloss Neuschwanstein on our website.