Neuschwanstein Castle Bavaria Germany
Step into the daydreams of every would-be princess at the Neuschwanstein Castle–the majestic structure nestled between the Alpine foothills in Austria to the south and the hilly community in the German state of Bavaria to the south.
Castle Neuschwanstein is an enchanting vision to its 1,300,000 annual visitors, and has inspired the creation of similar buildings in both fiction and real life, including the castle in the beloved Disney animated film, “Snow White.”
King Ludwig wanted to capture the qualities of a securely fortified structure with the combined elements of romantic beauty inspired by his love of the music of classical composer Richard Wagner.
The Neuschwanstein structure was originally built as a refuge for the reclusive King, using his own personal resources and loans, rather than draining public funds. Immediately following his death, however, this secluded and breathtaking edifice was open to the public, now drawing an average daily influx of 6000 visitors.
The foundation stone for this enchanting home of the king was laid in 1869. In the ensuing years to its completion in 1884, it was the primary source of employment for the skilled craftsmen of the region.
The architectural plans for Neuschwanstein were laid out by stage designer Christian Jank and architect Eduard Reidell, but strongly influenced by the very direct guidance of Ludwig himself. He had a clear and distinct vision for its ultimate appearance and function.
Meaning of Neuschwanstein
The name of the castle had evolved as different structures were built and rebuilt.
Neuschwanstein Castle means literally New Swan Stone Castle, a mix and blend of its previous names.
The exterior of the Neuschwanstein structure is characterized my numerous towers and gables, balconies and sculptures, and combines with richly gilded and ornate interior spaces that must surely epitomize what every young child romanticist must consider the perfect vision, the ideal that cannot be excelled.
The opulence may be gaudy and overdone, yet visitors are attracted to the gilded Roman archways and sculptures, as well as themed paintings on the walls. The visitors are shown the Hall of Singers, the Throne Hall, the Drawing Room, the Study Room, the Dining Room, and Bedroom.
Conspicuously plain in its absence of any décor is the Kitchen, a large airy room which serves its single purpose with no frills.
This fairy tale vision would satisfy the imagination of every young would-be princess.
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