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Neuschwanstein CastleFast Facts
- Location: Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany
- Time to Visit: June to August
- Preferred Timing: Daytime
- Tickets on sale: April to September: 8 am-5 pm
October to March: 9 am-3 pm
Neuschwanstein Castle is open daily except 1 January and 24 / 25 / 31 December
- Admission Fees for 2011: 12 euros regular / 8 euros reduced Children and young people under 18 are free
- How to reach:By bus or car from Munich to Hohenschwangau village, and thereafter on foot, bus, bicycle or horse carriage.
- Nearest Rail Station: Fussen
- Nearest International Airport: Munich
- Time for sightseeing 2 hours
At the outset, the outstanding architecture of this castle has been an inspiration to architects, builders, and movie makers who try to create this structure repeatedly. The enigmatic features coupled with the bewildering backdrop of Bavarian Alps prompt millions of visitors to set foot inside Neuschwanstein Castle.
This palace built on the Alps slopes was a retreat for the Bavarian king Ludwig II. King Ludwig II built this stone castle in the serenity of the Bavarian hill slopes in southwest Germany to shut himself off from public view. You will be enthralled by the truly idyllic setting of Neuschwanstein Palace. In the summer months when the weather is invigorating spend a couple of hours in this marvelous stone edifice built as a recluse for one shy ruler.
On 5th September 1869, the foundation stone of this castle was laid which was designed by Christian Jank a theater set designer. This is a fair indication of the fairy tale design of Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany. The architectural expertise was however in the initial stages provided by master architect Eduard Riedel, who earlier designed the Munich court, and later by Georg Dollman. On completion, the castle was named Hohenschwangau Castle and later Neuschwanstein Castle after the death of Ludwing II. The name is derived from 'Schwanstein' meaning 'the seat of the knights of Schwangau' represented by a swan.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is lifted out of fairy land when you see it from outside. A gatehouse, a knight's house with square tower, a citadel, a bower and a couple of towers towards the western end invite you to explore more of this fantastic stone creation.
Go inside and discover the specialties of the castle of Neuschwanstein. Its late Romanesque architecture dating back to the 13th century is characterized by arcade towers and windows, round arched portals, pinnacles and bay windows. King Ludwig stayed in the third and fourth floors while those on the second floor are still in brickwork.
The tiled floor entrance hall that greets you to this palace is adorned with paintings. When you enter the throne-room you are awe struck. The throne platform is approached by a flight of marble steps inside a half domed golden alcove. The entire throne room built in Byzantine style was designed by Eduard Ille and Julius Hofman. The concept, inspired by Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, had series of pillars constructed from fake lapis lazuli and porphyry stones. Two golden lions, the court of arms of Bavaria, form the background of the throne, while paintings of the 12 Apostles are hung on the two flanks.
The Dining room in one word is 'marvelous'. Paintings by Josef Aigner and Ferdinand von Piloty representing scenes from Wartburg Castle during early 1200s, and figures from Minnesinger period take you to a different era. The table sculpture of Siegfried fighting the dragon is unbelievable. Thereafter, the Chapel, dressing room, and bedroom of the palace will leave you fantasized.
For visiting Neuschwanstein Castle it is best that you stay in Munich and go for a day tour to this Bavarian destination. Take a bus ride from Munich to a gorge at the foothills of the castle. For adventure walk up to the castle along a hill path offering picturesque vies of the gorge. In case you tire easily or are unable to make this 40 minutes uphill hike you can either hire a bicycle or horse carriage. Whatever mode you choose your journey will certainly be memorable. At the castle, listen to extraordinary anecdotes about Kind Ludwig II. Concerts are held regularly at the Singers' Hall. From the castle you get a panoramic view of Fussen, a medieval village, Swansee and Lake Alpen.
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