Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schwangau

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Looking like an illustration from a book of fairy tales, Schloss Neuschwanstein stands perched on a mountain cliff. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned this 19th-century palace. He paid for it out of his personal fortune rather than from public funds. It was intended as a refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then, more than 60 million people have visited, drawn by the picturesque location and romantic design. Constructed under the direction of architect Eduard Riedel, the building embodies the architectural fashion known as castle romanticism. You'll also note that it embraces Ludwig II's immoderate enthusiasm for the operas of his close friend Richard Wagner. Check the weather conditions before you plan your trip; misty conditions and rain often reduce visibility to almost zero at those heights. You can buy tickets online or at the ticket center in the village below the castle. PutSchloss Neuschwanstein into our Schwangau trip site and find out what's close by, where to stay, and where to head next.
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  • Worth the long steep climb! The journey is on a road (shared with horse drawn carriages for those who decide not to climb on foot) through tall trees with views of the castle now and then. At the... 
    Worth the long steep climb! The journey is on a road (shared with horse drawn carriages for those who decide not to climb on foot) through tall trees with views of the castle now and then. At the...  more »
  • Well worth the visit, but you need to be reasonably fit to walk up to it - and above it for fantastic views down to it. The tour is a bit brief, but fascinating. And don't miss out on the other... 
    Well worth the visit, but you need to be reasonably fit to walk up to it - and above it for fantastic views down to it. The tour is a bit brief, but fascinating. And don't miss out on the other...  more »
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  • Great enjoyment for everyone. Architecture, history, views, so much for the entire family to see. Spent the day walking around the castle and the area. A very unique experience. Take your time walking the paths and experience this beautiful castle from its many angles. The strolls through the "back" areas are well worth the walk.
  • A great experience! It’s a quick tour but walking around the castle is awesome too!!! Try and get there early to catch a horse and carriage ride up and make sure to take the trails for a little walk behind the castle; you will see some beautiful scenery as well as great views of the castle. Speaking of great views, make sure you stop on the flats below the castle! Absolutely beautiful! If your in Bavaria you must stop at Neuschwanstein. It’s tourist law:)

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