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#8. Enter into the fairy-tale land of Neuschwanstein:
Alright ladies and gents, following last post on Dachau, let’s skip right into the fairy tale world of Ludwig II.
First of all, you should know that Ludwig II was more than a little off his rocker (referred to at times as “the mad king” or “the swan king”, because of his incredible love for the feathery beast), but in his defense, he built really, really, really nice castles.
Neuschwanstein was the most extravagant product of his vivid imagination, known to most tourists as the Cinderella Castle, and the inspiration behind the classic Disney film.
The castle itself is extraordinary and set in a picturesque setting of mountains and hills that roll outwards, creating the most incredible backdrop for this architectural tribute to Richard Wagner, the famous German composer, whose music was admired and ideolized by the crowned King. The castle attracts more than 1.3 million tourists each year, but honestly? Sometimes clichés exist for a reason.
This is one tourist hot stop I dare you not to love.
From a killer view atop the bridge across from the castle overlooking an incredibly steep (and rocky) drop, to the immaculate Throne Hall equipped with a four foot chandelier and the bedroom themed with tributes to Tristan and Isolde, this castle has it all. Unfortunately, the castle itself is a bit of a trek from the city centre but it is easily accessible by train to Fuessen and then onwards by bus to Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau, the childhood residence of Ludwig himself.
If you have 3 days to explore the area in and around Munich and want to relive the magic, a visit to this stunning castle is well worth the commute. Reserve some time to stroll the castle grounds and the paths surrounding the castle, including the trails between Hohenschwangau and Neuschwanstein.
On June 13th, 1886, after being declared insane and confined to Castle Berg (his summer retreat) Ludwig II was found dead in waist-high water in the Starnberger See alongside his psychiatrist who had suffered unexplained injuries to the head and shoulders. No one knows the truth of Ludwig’s death and the question as to whether the mad king committed suicide or was indeed murdered in his castle, remains unanswered.
Travel tip shared by Thefriendlygiraffe