Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany
We all grew up with Disney’s tales: Sleeping Beauty, The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins are only a few of many stories that had one thing in common: the logo of the white castle with a blue background. Well, Walt Disney created the castle that transported us to his imaginary world of wonder inspired by a real wonder called Neuschwanstein Castle.
Where is the Real Disney Castle?
This legendary building is located in Bavaria, Germany, and it was built on the Pöllat pass in the Bavarian Alps, so it rises in perfect harmony with towers, walls, lakes and mountains.
The castle was not designed as a fortress, like many other Medieval buildings. This architectural jewel was a whim of king Louis II who wanted to have a country house away from Munich. The king authorized each and every one of the sketches that were presented by the architects and so his original budget for the castle’s construction of 3.2 million Deutsche Marks increased to 6.2 million! However, making his dream come true made him lose everything: his throne, his fortune and even his castle. Sadly, he only inhabited it for 172 days and he never saw it finished.
Neuschwanstein Castle has overcome time and turmoil. It didn’t suffer too many damages during the World Wars despite having been used to safeguard French stolen works of art as well as German gold during WWII. It also survived a meteorite crash –by the way, the meteorite was named after the castle. For standing strong and for being historically and architectonically significant, it was nominated to become one of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World but, sadly, it ended up in eighth place.
Visiting Neuschwanstein Castle
Start your tour in the town of Hohenschwangau from which you can either take a cab or a bus in order to get to the castle. Nevertheless, if you want to have a more Disney-like experience, rent one of the traditional carriages pulled by horses; or if you enjoy photography, go on foot and stop at Marienbrüke bridge, the perfect spot to take pictures of the castle from afar.
Once at Neuschwanstein Castle, take into account that the tour of the interior is quite short; it only lasts 35 minutes and you are not allowed inside without a guide. You’ll find several guided tours in German, but if you want it in English, we suggest reserving your tickets online at least one week in advance.
There’s a proverb that says that remembering is living again, so DINKtravelers invites you to travel back in time to your childhood and relive fantastic fairytales at Neuschwanstein Castle.