This castle is located in the Bavarian part of the world, having been built in a romantic – Renaissance style at the end of the 19th century, on an accidental hill found above a little village. The castle was actually ordered by the king himself as a refugee and homage brought to Richard Wagner. In spite of the general opinions, Ludovic paid for this castle from his own personal estate and extended loans, not from the public Bavarian funds.
Right after the king’s death, it was opened to the public. The castle was as well a source of inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland. Therefore, it is one of the most famous touristic attractions from Germany. The land where this castle resides used to have two more castles nearby. Out of the three, the Neuschwanstein represents the best the king’s aspirations and the fantastic world from Wagner’s operas.
Despite of the fact that thousands of people cross its gates all year long, the area and the castle kept unchanged the fairytale look and air. Coming here you can as well see the mountain, the forests and the lake nearby. One is between these three nature wonders. It is a truly romantic view that Ludovic wanted to create for him and his kingdom. The road up here is very narrow and sinuous and as a tourist you have three possibilities to get up – climb by foot, it will take you up to 30 minutes walk; take one of the Bavarian Carriages that will take you up to the castle or take one of the busses that are at your disposal.
As it intended to be a romantic style palace, the exteriors were dressed in bright color limestone and from afar it looks like it has an intense white color. It does not have high walls for defense but it does have high towers that reach up to 150 meters high. You are allowed to take pictures outside the castle but you are not allowed to take any inside. Therefore, the dream land will remain just in your memories and in the brochures that you will be able to buy from the shops there. It is useful to know that in 2007 it was on the final list from which the new seven wonders of the world were about to be selected.