Bavaria, Germany is renowned for being the abode of this gargantuan edifice earmarked in the historicism of Europe – the Neuschwanstein Castle. With its unflawed Romanesque architectural design, the beauty of this castle permeates the entirety of the cliff upon which it stands and beams at the world.
itsunflawed Romanesque architectural design, the beauty of this castle permeates the entirety of the cliff upon which it stands and beams at the world.
Frequently Asked Questions
Neuschwanstein castle is located on a cliff top in the village of Hohenschwangau beside Fussen, Southwest of Bavaria, Germany.
The castle was built in 1872 by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Visiting the castle during winter is not advisable. At this period, the castle is covered in thick fog or snow and one won’t be able to have a clear view. However, the best time to visit the castle will be between May, June and October.
You can also visit the Hohenschwangau Castle, Ehrenberg Castle, Fort Claudia and the Linderhof Palace. These are all amazing sites to behold.
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The antecedence of the Neuschwanstein castle, the foundation stone of which was laid on 5th of September 1872, provides tales that attest to its peculiarity. Ludwig II on his ascendancy to the throne had wanted a new castle which would serve as replacement to the antique ruins of his father, Maximillian II’s castles – Hinterhohenschwangau castle and Vorderhohenschwangau castle. Most importantly, he had only intended to live in it and bask in its euphoria till his death.
As evident in the castle’s structure, there were no guest courts or royal courts except the private lodge of the king and that of his servants.
What’s more – as noted in the annals of history, the castle stands today as a survivor of the great world wars; where, it had been threatened to be blown into dust by SS Gruppenfuhrer in 1945. After which it had served as a reservoir for the loot of war claimed by the Nazi army in the world war till 1944.
Ludwig had initially named the castle, the New Hohenschwangau castle, but following his demise, Neuschwanstein which means “New Swan Stone” replaced the name.
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In recent times, the castle had served as a hot tourist zone welcoming over 1.3 million tourist annually. The side attractions provided by the fascinating view of the Alpsee Lake, the Marienbruke Bridge and the Hiking routes from the castle to Hohenschwangau village make the castle more attractive to the excited visitors.
Furthermore, the castle has been remarkable for its contribution to culture. It has been earmarked as a symbol of romanticism and European historicism globally. More so, it has been named after a meteorite; it had appeared on a €2 coin and it has been used as filming location.
The castle which qualifies to be tagged as part of the “wonders of the world” has also been useful in drawing historical allusion by poets and writers alike. Its paradoxical complexities provide a grounded framework for literary appreciation and application. This emphasizes its relevance to aesthetics, literature and education in recent times.
Interesting Facts About Neuschwanstein Castle
- The Neuschwanstein Castle because of its strong representation of European romanticism and historicism has been placed on the tentative list of Germany for designation as a Global Heritage Location by the UNESCO since 2015.
- The castle is paradoxical; a place inspired by the works of Wagner who never stepped on it for once. Also, it had been built to be lived in by Ludwig who only ended up sleeping in it for eleven nights.
- Photographs are prohibited in the castle; nevertheless it remains one of the most photographed monuments globally.
- The castle had been built to serve no defensive intents as most castles have served, despite having it erected on a cliff and its medieval outlook.
- Lastly, Neuschwanstein Castle has inspired the creation of the castle used in one of Disneyland’s top notch movie, “Sleeping Beauty”.
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