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.

What an ecstatic scenery! The scintillating peace of the Alpsee Lake which radiates from a distance further reinforces the magnificence of the castle. Same can be said of the galvanizing adventure of the Marienbruke Bridge located at its entrance. Interestingly, this masterpiece has been conceived to be a haven of rest by its initiator, King Ludwig II of Bavaria. However, his death in 1886 somewhat altered the original intent for which the castle was created. Thus, this place of serenity intended to be secluded and enjoyed by him has become a public tourist attraction. The twist to the story was the fact that he had merely slept in it, eleven days.

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.

Breathtaking view of “Schloss Neuschwanstein from Marienbrüc” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by jiuguangw

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Early History

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.

The castle during construction in the late 19th century. Johannes Bernhard [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Beautiful architecture of a bedroom in the castle. [Public Domain]
Singer’s Hall in the castle. [Public Domain]

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.

Majestic Neuschwanstein Castle. Curimedia | P H O T O G R A P H Y [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
View of the castle from its courtyard. Curimedia | P H O T O G R A P H Y [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Ludwig had initially named the castle, the New Hohenschwangau castle, but following his demise, Neuschwanstein which means “New Swan Stone” replaced the name.

Scenic view of “Schloß Neuschwanstein” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Skaja Lee
Close-up of the castle. [Public Domain]

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Current Times

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.

Miniature Neuschwanstein Castle in Tobu World Square, Japan. Jiang Dong-Qin [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Drone’s view of Schloss Neuschwanstein. [Public Domain]

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.

A surreal view of the castle above the clouds. Arto Teräs [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The Disneyland-like castle (CC BY 2.0) by robef

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.

Amazing view of the Alps from a balcony of the castle. “Schloss Neuschwanstein” (CC BY 2.0) by stanhua
Schloss Neuschwanstein, with snowy mountains in the background. Aconcagua [CC BY-SA 3.0], ウィキメディア・コモンズ経由で

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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