Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle, situated high above the village of Hohenschwangau in the picturesque region of Bavaria, is Germany's most famous castle. The castle was built to honor the composer Richard Wagner and served as a retreat for King Ludwig II. The castle officially opened up to the public in 1886, seven weeks after King Ludwig II death. Neuschwanstein is visited by more than one million people each year exploring the beauty and architecture of the fairy-tale castle.
The castle has been featured in movies such as Ludwig II and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang; becoming an inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle.
Built in the 19th century, the castle's design and architecture where inspired by the famed composer Richard Wagner. Even the murals and artwork that adorn the interior of the castle reflect the admiration that King Ludwig had for Richard Wagner's operas. Ironically, only eleven nights were spent in the castle by King Ludwig II.
Neuschwanstein features eight rooms that are situated on the third floor of the castle. Included among the rooms are the bedroom, dining room, study room, drawing room, throne hall, winter garden, grotto and the Hall of the Singers. The basement consisted of rooms to accommodate the servants including a separate stairway for the servants to use.
Tip: Visitors planning to visit Neuschwanstein Castle should purchase the tickets in advance. A variety of tours are made available to the public.
Visit the Neuschwanstein website for more information.