The extremely beautiful Neuschwanstein castle was built in the 19th century for King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is situated on a stone precipice about 200 meters are above the river valley. The commission for building was given 1868 and the castle opened to the public for the first time on 1 August 1886 – only a short time after the mysterious death of King Ludwig II.
King Ludwig IIs heartfelt wish was to offer an appropriate place to stage the operas of his good friend Richard Wagner. The Castle Neuschwanstein was named after the character Lohengrin, the swan king from the opera.
Neuschwanstein is not only one of Germanys main tourist attraction, it is also considered to be the most photographed building in the world. This fairy tale castle was used as the model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
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