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Neuschwanstein castle in Schwangau bei FüssenNeuschwanstein castle in Schwangau bei Füssen

The fairytale castle of Neuschwanstein was built on order of King Ludwig II. and construction began in 1868. Set on a craggy outcrop of rock against a dramatic mountain background it recreated, as Richard Wagner wrote, "the castle of an archetypal teutonic knight".

The throne room in Neuschwanstein castle

The castle of the fairytale king

In spite of initially appearing overly idealistic, the building plans submitted by the stage painter Christian Jank were finally realised by Eduard Riedel and Georg Dollmann. Although the architectural style recalls that of the 13th century Romanesque period, the ideas for the pictures painted on the walls are partly influenced by themes from the operas of Wagner, such as "Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin".

The minstrel hall was inspired by the grand hall in the Wartburg castle near Eisenach, and is decorated with wall paintings depicting the Parsival legend.

The throne room has an almost religious feel to it, and was influenced not only by the domed styles of the Byzantine era, but also by All Saints church at the royal court palace in Munich. It was intended to symbolise Ludwig II’s concept of a kingdom blessed by the grace of God. Neuschwanstein is no mere copy of a medieval castle but, characteristically, an innovative creation of historical fantasy.

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II, in the year 1866, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The reclusive king had built the castle to enable him to shrink away out of the public eye – now his secret refuge had become a tourist magnet. Today Neuschwanstein is one of the most-visited of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Its idyllic position is simply stunning.

Neuschwanstein Castle Administration

Lindauer Hof
Dammgasse 2
D-88131 Lindau im Bodensee
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