Neuschwanstein Castle

About place: Neuschwanstein Castle

If you have ever had a book about the most beautiful castles in the world, you should remember its cover with a wonderful white castle at the background of Alpine mountains. As a rule, just Neuschwanstein is depicted on the covers of most books on castles, which means that it is the most beautiful castle in the world.

The castle is two hour trip of Munich, near the town of Füssen. At the foot of the castle hill, there is a large parking, which is crowded with cars in summer. In summer time there are as many tourists that you will have always to stand in long queues. From the parking you will have to go on foot up to ticket offices of the castle (you can go there by car but you can not park there).

Having bought tickets you will have to climb higher, even much higher. You can do it either on foot, by way of a short but steep path, or by bus, by way of a long road rounding the hill. Only in the latter case you will have to pay additional money.

Here you must take into account that you can reach the Louise Bridge (Marienbrücke), from which you can see the lateral side of the castle, only by bus. However, it is almost impossible to enjoy the most beautiful front side of the castle at the background of Alpine scenery. And only highly trained people with specialized equipment can climb the mountains from which the fam-ous shots were taken.

Before you enter the castle you will have to stand in one more queue. And only inside you can get the feel of the magic world created by King Ludwig II.

The contemporaries considered Ludwig one of the worst kings of the Wittelsbach House, which ruled over Bavaria since XII century. By the end of his life they even declared him mad and appointed a regent, but thanks to Neuschwanstein, which was commissioned by Ludwig, only this king is mentioned in all German or Bavarian tourist guides.

Ludwig became a king in the age of 18, being absolutely unprepared to rule the state. Two years later his power was considerably limited as a result of unsuccessful war, which urged him to escape into the imaginary world of ancient German knights, which the operas of Wagner were permeated with.

Just after crowning he invited Wagner in Munich and became his patron. All halls of Neusch-wanstein were painted to illustrate German operas: in the study it is ‘Tannhauser’, in drawing room – ‘Lohengrin’, in dining-room – ‘The Ring of Nibelungs’, and in dressing room – ‘The Mas-tersingers of Nuremberg.’ Throne Hall deserves special attention – it was made in the style of St. Sophia's Cathedral in Istanbul. All interiors are held in medieval style.

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