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The famous treasure from King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle, is a must-see when you visit Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle was probably the most ambitious building project of the popular and somewhat mad King Ludwig II. Unfortunately, he passed away too soon and didn’t see its completion. In fact, no one ever has, as Neuschwanstein Castle has never been completed. Some rooms remain unfinished and empty, and unfortunately cannot be visited. Despite this, the King still lived in the castle briefly before his death.
Even though there is some megalomania behind Neuschwanstein Castle – his vision of a knight’s castle, which even today is often referred to as a “fairy-tale castle” – he implemented it with bravura. The Castle now belongs to the Free State of Bavaria and is one of the most famous sights in Germany. As many people know, it was inspiration for rebuilds in various amusement parks. However, with its unmistakable romanticism architecture style, the copies could never match the beauty of the original.Just the sight of Neuschwanstein captivates visitors, immersing them into a picturesque, romantic postcard. As you approach it, you cannot help but be impressed by the mystique of the Castle sitting up on a hill. A slightly steep path leads to the opening of the massive building. You’ll have plenty of time to admire the exterior – that is, if you are patient enough to wait your turn to enter!
While 200 rooms were originally planned, only 15 of them were finished. In contrast to today’s function, the Castle was to become the king’s private retreat (although it would have appeared he was actually showing off). Among the largest and most impressive rooms are the Throne Room and the Singers‘ Hall. The throne room is 13 metres high and extends over two floors. The King’s private chambers were also completed. His neo-gothic bedroom features a masterly carved bed that dominates the room. The somewhat small size of the living room makes it feel homey.
You can reach the castle by taking a train to Füssen and a bus. If you come by car, the parking ticket costs 12 Euro.
Book your tickets for the castle at least 3 days in advance – waiting until you are on site doesn’t ensure you’ll get them.
A carriage ride up to the castle is particularly romantic. And if you find yourself thinking, „the poor horses!“, be assured that they are a special breed (Cold Blooded Horses or Draught Horses). The animals are heavy and built for labour. Incidentally, the animals are replaced after every fifth carriage ride.
Unfortunately, there is no recommendation when avoid the crowds of tourists as Neuschwanstein Castle attracts many visitors every day.