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Neuschwanstein Castle 1

By TrevBatWCC    
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.

Thanks again to everyone for your votes & comments on my previous uploads, it really is appreciated and encouraging.

Trev Smile

Tags: Architecture Bavaria Germany Hohenschwangau Landscape and travel Neuschwanstein castle

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JanieB43 9 47 6 England
18 Apr 2013 10:36AM
Beautifully detailed image as always Trev and your write ups add such a lot more !!

Hope you're feeling better and thanks for your c and cs on my efforts Smile


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NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 10:49AM
After reading you're extremely interesting foreword I couldn't wait to view your images Trev. I was as expected overcome with the beauty of this idyllic setting with a wonderful magical aura about it. You have captured that feeling so very well, the cold wispy light adding to the charm and character of the image tenfold. Image two on the other hand provided me with a rather imposing capture of this wonderfully romanticised facade.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
CarolG 11 199 20 Greece
18 Apr 2013 11:10AM
What a fascinating write-up, Trev, and two excellent images to go with it. Carol
woolybill1 Plus
11 23 72 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 11:30AM
Superb pov for this fairy-tale-style castle. Ludwig II has become known as the Mad King; you have been fortunate to see the castle with a sprinkling of fairy dust, as HRH would have wished.
18 Apr 2013 11:42AM
A fabulous image of the 'biscuit tin' castle, Trev!
Thanks you for the interesting description.
The last, and only, time I was there you could get 6 German Marks to the Pound - in 1972!

mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 12:03PM
I'm hearing Wagner now. V1 is suitably fairy-tale, V2 is suitably disturbing and I prefer it. I think I'd crop a few pixels off the left of V2 though, the straggling foreground crowd would work better for me with a strictly symmetrical background.
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
18 Apr 2013 12:55PM
You have gotten a fine point of view of this historic castle....v1 is especially romantic.
User_Removed 5 920 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 1:16PM
2 excellent images
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
18 Apr 2013 1:29PM
Fairy Tale stuff indeed, and unusual to see it in snow like this. I remember Julia Bradbury here on one of her walks, fascinating place.

Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
18 Apr 2013 1:51PM
Like both images very much Trev. The castle looks bleak in winter and locked up, then we see V2 with all the people visiting. Great shots......Sandy
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
18 Apr 2013 2:42PM

Quote:You have gotten a fine point of view of this historic castle....v1 is especially romantic.

Yes I agree with Joline . Pity you can't photo inside . I'm dreaming up a James Bond Button that was a camera on my coat Smile You don't say CAN'T to Mavis Smile xx
ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
18 Apr 2013 3:25PM
Two stunning images, interesting narrative, well capturedGrinGrin
Richsr 11 91 223 England
18 Apr 2013 3:54PM
Like the view point and good details here Trevor, well worked in the conditions
Regards Richard
LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 5:11PM
Love V1, it really shows off the magnificence of this structure.
Sue_R Plus
12 11 6 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 5:42PM
Just love V1. It looks like a castle in a fairytale Smile

Sue Smile
CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 5:57PM
A fairy tale image indeed!
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 7:07PM
V1 is one brilliant shot Trev!
like the enjoyment going on in V2
JOKEN 9 3 10 United Kingdom
18 Apr 2013 10:25PM
Your notes match the excellence of this image
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
18 Apr 2013 10:39PM
Fairytale images Trev, excellent.


Trev_B 11 151 68 England
19 Apr 2013 7:07PM
V1 gets my vote Trev it looks like a cold bleak place, however mow that spring and the warmer weather has reached us at last we can reflect on images like this knowing how good they are Wink well done mate.

Sezz 13 617 15 England
24 Apr 2013 11:58AM
What a fantastic looking castle Trev! Fairytale indeed with the sprinkling of snow! Thanks also for the interesting history, I'm jealous of your travels Smile

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