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