Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace built on a rugged hill, some 1.25 km climb up from the village of Hohenschwangau. As mentioned in my previous upload, I took the easy way up on a horse-drawn carriage, but you still have to walk the last few metres to the castle entrance (V2).
Ludwig II announced his plan to build New Hohenschwangau Castle in 1868 (it was only called Neuschwanstein after his death) to replace the old castle ruin in the authentic style of the old German knight's castles, and was built as his retreat and as homage to his friend, composer Richard Wagner. It was paid for out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds. In the end, Ludwig II only lived in the palace for a total of 172 days, and when he died in 1886, Neuschwanstein was still incomplete. Had it been completed, the palace would have had more than 200 interior rooms, but no more than about 15 rooms and halls were finished.
Of what there is to see, it's very beautiful inside, however indoor photography is not allowed, and can only be visited during a 35 minute conducted tour.
Single Raw images processed in Adobe Camera Raw 7, tweaked in Photomatix Pro 4 and Photoshop Elements 11.
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