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22 January 2011

Castle Neuschwanstein – A fairy tale castle for a fairy tale King in Bavaria, Germany



Photos courtesy of guest photographer: Debbie Apfelbaum. 

Rising majestically above Germany's Alps in Bavaria, is one of the most spectacular and breathtaking castles in the world – Castle Neuschwanstein – a fairy tale fortress for the “Fairy Tale King.” King Ludwig II ordered the design and construction of the one of today’s most visited and recognized castles in the world and although Castle Neuschwanstein appears to be centuries old and born of the Middle Ages, construction began relatively recently in 1868. Actually, it opened 1886, just a few years before the Eiffel Tower. Did you know some of the interior spaces have never been completed?

Neuschwanstein and Castle Hohenschwangau – where Ludwig grew up – lie in the mountains above the village of Hohenschwangau. Read more about this fascinating fortress, its history, and how to travel there. Plus great slide show and if you have Google Earth, you'll want to check out the link in the article as well.

Auf Wiedersehen!

Additional Reading

See my fellow travel writer Laurel's favorite German castles. Stunning photography!

18 comments:

  1. Nice photos. I bet it's very grand inside maybe every girl's dream bedroom and ballroom :)

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  2. Beautiful photos! I'd like to visit all of these castles :)

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  3. Thank you all for sharing your sentiments on the pics of Neuschwanstein! It's an amazing place!!

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  4. Wonderful photos, these are so much better than the photos I have of Neuschwanstein. I think almost everyone I know that has been to Germany visits this castle.

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  5. Thank you so much for the compliments, Laurel. These were taken by a guest photographer with whom I will share your wonderful comments. I provided the background and I long to visit this castle someday in my travels! Thx for visiting and sharing your thoughts!

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  6. One of my favorite places to be in the world is Bavaria and especially in the Neuschwanstein area! Beautiful pics of an amazing castle.

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  7. Thank you Debbie for stopping by to share your thoughts. It is an amazing place!!! Thanks to friend, she really brought the castle to life for me...I long to visit!

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  8. Germany is really beautifull country! This place is awesome!

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  9. I couldn't agree with you more Belanda. It's truly spectacular!!! Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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  10. Have always wanted to visit here...but more for its more modern history. It was one of the places where the Nazis stored looted art from France, which has always intrigued me.

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  11. Hi Ashley,
    What a fascinating topic for a follow up article. I have heard that but never came upon the details of the loot...I would love to find out more. Thank you for stopping by and sharing your thoughts!

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  12. WOW at the last photo. It looks like it was made for a movie set!

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    1. Thank you so much my friend for stopping by and for your kind compliments. I will be sure to share with my guest photographer, Debbie!

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  13. I remember seeing a picture of this castle when I was very young and wishing I could be magicked there - your article has done that today!

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    1. Hi Zoë and thanks so much for stopping my friend. I too have always wanted to visit as a child...it's quite stunning! Glad to magically transport you today...we all need a little magic from time to time!

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  14. With all my travels to Germany and I still have not seen this place!!

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    1. Hi there Raul and thank you so much for stopping by. Yes, if you travel to Germany that often, then Neuschwanstein should be at the top of you must-see sights the next time you're in Bavaria. You won't regret it!

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