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Neuschwanstein Castle History and Facts

Updated on December 23, 2014

Translated to English Neuschwanstein Castle means New Swanstone Castle, and it deserves that name for sure, because it is located on the hill and with it's beauty it dominates over surrounding landscape. This is probably the most beautiful castle in Germany, country that is home to numerous amazing castles that dates from middle age. It is rumored that this castle served as inspiration to Walt Disney for his fairy tale's castles.

Neuschwanstein Castle Location

Neuschwanstein Castle is located on a hill above Hohenschwangau village near the Füssen town in southwest Bavaria, Germany in the district of Ostallgäu. Füssen is old town settled in Roman times, the original city name derives from the Latin word "fauces" which means "gorge". Town later became the "Hohes Schloss" (High Castle), summer residence of the prince bishops of Augsburg. Füssen is located on the banks of the Lech River, which flows into the man made lake - Forggensee. Town itself is located 5 kilometres north from the Austrian border. It is a small town with a population of only 14,631 citizens.

Neuschwanstein Castle:
Neuschwanstein Castle, Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany

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Neuschwanstein Castle History

Castle foundation was laid on 5 September 1869, but before that it was needed to demolish old castle that was on the building site, this work started In 1868. In the incoming period of time this building site was the main employer in the region. King of Bavaria, Ludwig II or Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm moved into the castle in 1884, but castle was still unfinished. The King died on 13 June 1886 and he never saw completely finished castle because it was finished in 1892. After King's death a lot of constructing plans were modified or abandoned, it is very sad because Neuschwanstein Castle will be even more beautiful if they built it according to original King's wish, even interior were changed and some rooms were not built. Ludwig II never intended to open castle to public visitors, but after his death regent Luitpold opened castle gates to public visitors and charged money for visits, this visiting fees become the main source of income for the Bavarian Royal family. On the end of the World War Two SS divisions wanted to blow up the castle but it luckily survived. Today it is one of the most beautiful castles in the World and well known touristic attraction.

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Neuschwanstein Castle Video Tour

On this video you can see how amazing castle Neuschwanstein is, and get some insights about castles architecture. Watch carefully and don't miss to see some close up photos and photos taken inside the castle walls. Preview castles interior and beautiful artworks that it contains.

Neuschwanstein Castle architecture and interior

Castle was supposed to have 200 rooms and halls, but after King's death only 15 rooms and halls were finished. The larges hall is the Hall of the Singers, followed by the Throne Hall. All the rooms and passages are decorated with beautiful artwork and luxury furniture. Below are the images of the most important and the most beautiful rooms of the Neuschwanstein Castle, like Hall of the Singers, Throne Hall, Drawing room and Study room.

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Thank you for reading this article, I hope that I provided enough information that you searched for, it would be great if you share with us your opinion about this post and the castle itself.


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      Judi D 

      23 months ago

      When we visited the interior was not decorated or painted, early 1980s when was interior completed? Thanks


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