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Neuschwanstein Castle

in 87645 Schwangau, Bavaria (DE)

Neuschwanstein Castle, which King Ludwig II built on a rugged hill against a backdrop of picturesque mountain scenery, was prompted by the idea of rebuilding an existing ruin "in the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles", as he wrote in a letter to Richard Wagner.

The castle was built by Eduard Riedel and Georg Dollmann from idealized sketches by the scene painter Christian Jank. While the building itself imitates the 13th-century Romanesque style, the paintings inside predominantly depict scenes from Wagner’s operas such as "Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin". The Singers’ Hall is modelled on the banqueting hall of the Wartburg near Eisenach; the decoration includes wall paintings illustrating the Parzival saga.
The church-like Throne Hall was modelled on Byzantine domed architecture and the Allerheiligenhofkirche (All-Saints Church) in the Munich Residence and symbolizes Ludwig II’s idea of a monarchy by God’s grace.
Neuschwanstein is not a copy of a medieval castle but a typical Historicist creation.

Details

Castles / locks, Nature, park / zoo / nature reserve
Regions: Allgäu, Allgäu Bavarian Swabia
Groups from 15 to 50 persons
Languages spoken: German
  • Suitable for coach groups
  • Possible exit / door in direct proximity

Openings

April-September: 9 am-6 pm
October-March: 10 am-4 pm
Open daily

Closed on: 1.1., Shrove Tuesday, 24.12., 25.12., 31.12.
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Link to the official tourist information site of the region Allgäu Lint to the official website of the touristic region of Upper Bavaria This marketing has been co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

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