Neuschwanstein Castle is the most famous of Ludwig II's castles and one of the most famous sights in Germany. In 1886, after the death of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle was opened to the public with approximately 1.5 million visitors annually.
The shy king built the castle in 1868 to withdraw from public life. Built high above his father's castle Hohenschwangau, thus in familiar surroundings yet never completed, Neuschwanstein was intended as the king’s monument to the culture and royalty of the middle ages, which the king venerated and wanted to understand. While the castle has been designed to appear medieval, it was built with the most modern technology available at the time.
The interior features mural paintings illustrating medieval legends. The “Sängersaal” is an homage to two halls of Wartburg Castle and the “Thronsaal” celebrates Byzantine and early Christian churches.
Today, the unique and ambitious location of the castle remains a challenge requiring constant monitoring of shifting foundation and the rock faces. And the harsh climate impacts the limestone facade, with requires frequent renovation.
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