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Neuschwanstein Castle – An Homage to Wagner

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Seeing this castle was one of my favorite sites of this trip.  There was something very fairy-tale-like about driving through The Alps and seeing this beautiful castle setting up in the foothills (I’m not alone since this castle inspired Walt Disney).

Ludwig II of Bavaria, who seems to have been a very eccentric man, built this beautiful castle as an homage for Richard Wagner with whom he was quite infatuated.  Each of the rooms is set up like a scene from one of Wagner’s operas.  It’s really beautiful, but also a bit odd.  The guide explained that Ludwig lived in a bit of a fantasy world.  He was engaged to his cousin, who was also a big fan of Wagner, but he eventually called off the engagement, and it was later discovered from letters and diaries, that Ludwig II had homosexual desires.

IMG_0231 IMG_0236 Ludwig II died a bit mysteriously.  He was declared insane and taken to a castle south of Munich.  He went on a walk along Lake Starnberg with his doctor, and neither of them returned.  They were both found dead in the lake and, to this day, both deaths remain a mystery.

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This is the other castle nearby Hohenschwangau Castle.  Ludwig dreamed up his castle as a child while living here. IMG_0241 To get to the castle, it’s a about a mile-long walk uphill (either that or take a carriage or a little tram to the top) but the walk is the free option, and it’s a pretty walk as well!

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This is a view of the bridge that you can walk to and get a great view of the castle.  However, my mom and I did not make that walk and instead we spent a little more time in the castle.
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This is a gorgeous view of the Hohenschwangau Castle and the lake from a window in Neuschwanstein.  On the way down there was a horse-drawn carriage offering rides for 2 Euros, so we decided to do that and enjoy the views of the castle on the way down and get our own little fairy tale experience. 

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5 Comments

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    hollyhilla
    June 16, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    My daughter and I saw the castle together, too. Luckily, I had on a pair of boots because on the way down…we walked down…it began to snow heavily. It was beautiful!! A real fairy tale day.

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      PaigeBrown
      June 28, 2014 at 11:33 am

      Oh my goodness! What a trek down, then, I’m sure! I have seen photos of the castle in the snow, and it looks so romantic! I’m a bit envious of that view.

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    msozpinay
    June 21, 2014 at 3:02 am

    nice photos! 🙂

    • Reply
      PaigeBrown
      June 28, 2014 at 1:08 pm

      Thank you! It was a fun trip!

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    Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany - For the Love of Wanderlust
    August 22, 2015 at 9:16 am

    […] Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle is truly like stepping into a fantasy world. Not only did this castle inspire Walt Disney (it doesn’t get more fairy tale than that) but the portions of the inside of this castle that were completed are a series of dedications to Wagner and his operas which were inspired by fairy tales. This stunning castle will whisk you back in time and into the mind of a man who, I believe, wanted to live in a fairy tale. Be sure to ride a carriage up or down for a very small cost to really enhance that fairy tale experience. […]

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