Every castle is beautiful and interesting in its own way. There are thousands of them all around the globe, but there is one castle in the World that almost everybody recognizes, the Neuschwanstein Castle. But why does everybody know it (you as well, even if you don’t realize it yet) and what is the history behind it? On today’s blog we will answer those questions!
First things first.
The Neuschwanstein is located in the Hohenschwangau district of the Schwangau commune in Bavaria, Germany. Created in the 1869 as an idealized medieval castle for the bavarian king Ludwig II it definitely was a goal reached. The project of three architects – Christian Jank, Eduard Riedel and Georg von Dollmann turned into reality was more then the king Ludwig has expected. Unfortunately he couldn’t enjoy the castle, since he died a few months before its completion.
While the king was known for being shy and seeking a hideaway in his dream castle, the building itself has opened its doors to the public soon after the early passing of its initiator. Very understandably though, since it is often called the most beautiful castle in Europe.
Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular tourist attraction in Germany. Each year it is visited by over 1,3 million people. This stunning building is one of the most important architectural pieces of its times.
And you surely do know it, even if this is the very first time you’re hearing about it. How come? – you may ask. Have a look at the castle:
It does ring a bell doesn’t it? Maybe that’s because it looks strangely like this castle:
Yes, that’s right. The Disney’s Cinderella Castle has been based on the Neuschwanstein Castle! That is what makes it the most recognizable castle in the World. No wonder, it is after all absolutely magical!