Thursday, September 4, 2008


The most well known castle of King Ludwig is Neuschwanstein, seen below. It is inspired by Richard Wagner's operas and is filled with images from them. It was enormously expensive and Ludwig died (or was murdered) before it was completed. The government started admitting visitors 5 weeks after Ludwig's death and the stream has only grown. It is said that this castle inspired Walt Disney's images.
The castle was designed to be seen from a distance. Close-up it is plain and almost barren.
The view of the rising Alps and neighboring Hohschwangau castle where Ludwig grew up, is stunning.
The castle is situated right above a stunning gorge with waterfall and sheer dropoffs.
View looking back from the lake at Neuschwanstein in the distance.

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