Thursday, 19 June 2008

Neuschwanstein

I was stunned the first time I saw this picture. My research on Germany had brought me to this castle, which allegedly was the very castle Walt Disney had modelled upon. Of course, I was hoping, on my visit to Bavaria, Germany, I would be able to see this castle and took my picture with it :-)


Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss [formerly Schloß] Neuschwanstein, lit. New Swan Stone palace; pronounced [nɔɪˈʃvaːnʃtaɪ̯n]) is a 19th-century Bavarian palace. Located on a mountain top in Germany, near Hohenschwangau and Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Swabia, the palace was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner, the King's inspiring muse. Although public photography of the interior is not permitted,[1] it is the most photographed building in Germany[2] and is one of the country's most popular tourist destinations.

Ludwig did not allow visitors to his castles, but since its opening in 1886, over 50 million people have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle.[3] About 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer.[4] The palace has appeared in movies several times, and was the inspiration for Cinderella's Castle in Walt Disney World and Sleeping Beauty's Castle in Disneyland.

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