Picture of Neuschwanstein Castle as seen from the Marienbrücke in Germany
Photo by: Softeis, Creative Commons
The Neuschwanstein Castle was built during the 19th century on a hill in Bavaria, Germany. Neuschwanstein is a German word that means “New Swan Stone Palace” in English.
The castle was specially made by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. It is the largest photographed building in Germany even though the interior of the castle is not accessible by the public. The castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany due to its scenic beauty and gorgeous surroundings.
During the rule of King Ludwig II, visitors were not allowed in the castle. It was only after his death in 1886 that it was opened for all to view. More than 50 million people have visited the castle since it was opened to the public and more than 1.3 million tourists visit it annually. That means that more than 6,000 tourists visit the Neuschwanstein Castle daily.
The castle has such a charm that it even attracted Hollywood filmmakers. In fact, it has been the inspiration in several movies, including the Sleeping Beauty castle and Cinderella castles. It is also the model for the castle found at Tokyo Disneyland.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is a property of Bavaria, which has spent more than 14.5 million dollars on safeguarding and renovating it. Since photography inside the castle is not allowed, visitors can only leave with memories after visiting it. But a visit to Germany is not complete without a visit to the Neuschwanstein Castle.