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Neuschwanstein Castle Schwangau

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Neuschwanstein castle is the most famous castle of the bavarian King Ludwig II. More like any other of his castles, Neuschwanstein represents the ideals and principles of the so-called „Märchenkönig“ ( fairy tale king). He was fascinated by the middle ages and wanted to live in his own world of dreams. Neuschwanstein was modeled on a knight's castle. The picture sequences in the castle's interior show famous sagas. Saga characters like Tannhäuser and Parsifal served Richard Wagner, one of the most famous german composers of the 19th century, as models for his operas. King Ludwig II adorded Richard Wagner and even devoted Neuschwanstein castle to him.

Even if the construction was geared to the middle ages, the technique was very modern. They had running water, central heating and a telephone connection. The constructions to „New castle of Hohenschwangau“, how it was called in the beginning, started in 1868. Ludwig II did not outlive the finishing. The bower and the square tower were added in 1892, 6 years after Ludwig's death.

Nowadays you can only visit the castle on a guided tour. Tickets are available at the ticket center in Hohenschwangau, which is located underneath the castle. To get up to the castle you can either walk (about 30min) or take a hoarse carriage or a bus. The 30min tour of the castle's interior starts on the upper floor, where the servant's rooms are located. Afterwards you will explore the king's living and representation rooms. After the tour you are welcome to visit the historic kitchen.

Neuschwanstein amazes over 1,3 Million visitors each year and is therefore one of Europe's most visited castles.

How to get there

By car:

Take Autobahn A7 (Ulm/Kempten/Füssen) till the end. In Füssen take B17 to Schwangau and at the end of the road turn right towards Hohenschwangau.

Take A7 and exit in Kempten, then take B12 till Marktoberdorf. Continue on B16 until Roßhaupten. Afterwards take OAL 1 to Buching and finally B17 to Schwangau and Hohenschwangau.

By train:

Take the train to Füssen. From there bus RVA/OVG 73 towards Steingaden/Garmisch-Partenkirchen or take bus RVA/OVG 78 to Schwangau until you reach the bus stop Hohenschwangau/Aplseestraße.

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◄ Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany [HD] ► | 09:32

Contact

Schloss Neuschwanstein
Neuschwansteinerstraße
87645
Schwangau
Phone(0 83 62) 9 30 83-0
Fax(0 83 62) 9 30 83-20
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