Date:May 25, 2020

11 Facts About The Fairytale-Like Neuschwanstein Castle

We all get caught up in a fairy-tale imagination sometimes in our minds, but few of us really express them into real actions. King Ludwig II of Bavaria, as we’ll reveal it further with pictures and facts, had a very vivid imagination, which he dared to turn it into real-life magical castles. One of those castles is Neuschwanstein Castle, which originally translates as New Swan Stone castle and is located in Bavaria, Germany. This name comes from one of Wagner’s opera’s character known as the Swan Knight.

King Ludwig II of Bavaria was known with may different nicknames: Fairy-tale king, Mad King Ludwig, and sometimes as an eccentric lifestyle king. All of these nicknames have a reason behind, and all of them are connected to his obsession with building fascinating castles. It all started when he was forced to take his duty as the heir to the throne of Bavaria after his father died. At the time he was only 18 years old, and two years later he found himself defeated from Prussian Empire. Ludwig II’s country after this was forced to accept the “defensive and offensive” accord, which repealed the King Ludwig II’s power upon his army.

The defeat he experienced led Ludwig to express his pain in the form of fabulous castles, including the Neuschwanstein castle, which nowadays is visited by about 1.5 million visitors throughout the year, and in each season, as it is built on top of a mountain,  the surroundings of it turn to white, green, brown, and it really makes this place looks like a fairytale.

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1# Location of the castle and its timeline

Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria, Germany. Its initial name was New Hohenschwangau Castle because the castle where King Ludwig II was grown-up was called Hohenschwangau Castle and he wanted to recreate it. The modern name it has, Neuschwanstein Castle, which was thought to be in regard to Wagner’s character, known as the Swan Night, was not set until after his death.

The castle was initiated in 1869 and as King Ludwig II estimated, it would be finished within two years. But his ambitious ide of designing the castle took way much longer. In fact, the castle wasn’t finished until after Ludwig II’s death. But he did get to live in it for a while though. 12 years after the initiation, King Ludwig II moved to it and lived there only for 11 nights.

The Bower and Square Towers, basically the completion of the entire castle, was finalized in 1892.

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2# The reason behind its creation

As we already spoiled that part, this castle was build due to a defeat Ludwig II experienced from the Prussian Empire when he was only 20 years old.  Although as the German composer, Richard Wagner revealed that King Ludwig II has told him through a letter this castle will be built with the intention to “rebuild old castle ruin of Hohenschwangau…in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles.”

King Ludwig II was portrayed as an eccentric, solitary personality, it is no surprise that Neuschwanstein Castle is so often called “the castle of the fairy-tale king.”

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3# An inspiration for Disney Fairy Tales’ Castles

The castle came out to be really like a fairytale, as it was designed by a theatrical designer, Christian Jank. He combined his knowledge of theatrical design with the vivid imagination and desires of King Ludwig II. And the outcome became later on the inspiration for Disney to build its castles for the classic movie “Cinderell” released in 1950.

Before constructing the Disneyland, Walt Disney and his wife Lillian went on a tour in Europe. A Disneyland representative certifies the fact that the time he spent at Neuschwanstein Castle was the inspiration behind the Sleeping Beauty Castle.

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4# Let’s take a look inside

The plan for this castle was for it to have around 200 rooms. but as this was too ambitious and the design took a really long time, the castle of Neuschwanstein it ened up with 14 finished rooms that are open to visitors.

As it is on the guided tour of Neuschwanstein Castle’s interior, you’ll have access to the cave-like grotto, King Ludwig II’s bedroom, and the Singer’s Hall, among others.

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5# The dressing room of Ludwig II

As the entire design was made by a theatrical designer, poetic and artistic elements are noted.  The luminous ceiling and walls are covered with paintings and mural, which illustrate the work of the poets Walther von der Vogelweide and Hans Sachs.

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6# Throne room without a throne