Schloss Neuschwanstein (Castle) — Bavaria, Germany — a must-visit

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Neuschwanstein Castle (photo: www.frankschrader.us)
Neuschwanstein Castle (photo: www.frankschrader.us)

In 1864 King Ludwig II – at age 18 – came to power as the new King of Bavaria. He was born on August 15th, 1845, at Nymphenburg Palace, Munich.

He was king until 1886 — he died on June 13th, 1886, at Lake Starnberg (south of Munich).

More about Nymphenburg Palace.

Neuschwanstein is one of the ‘blueprints’ for Disney’s Cinderella Castle. Neuschwanstein Castle is may be the most famous palace in Germany — right next to it, just a few minutes away, there’s Hohenschwangau Palace (or Castle).

Location: Neuschwanstein Street 20, 87645 Schwangau

 

Füssen, Bavarian Alps

The holiday resort of Füssen in the Allgäu is an ideal base for anyone wishing to enjoy a one-day tour of the Bavarian Alps by car in the winter. Just a few kilometres away, Neuschwanstein Castle sits in splendour against the spectacular backdrop of the snow-covered Alpine peaks. This is where Bavaria‘s „fairytale king“ Ludwig II turned his dream of creating a medieval Castle of the Holy Grail into a reality.

Other nearby sights

From here, you can follow the Romantic Road to the Wieskirche Pilgrimage Church, Bavaria‘s rococo gem and a World Cultural Heritage site.

Your next stop should be Oberammergau, famous for its Passion Plays, where you can browse the woodcarvers‘ workshops. Don‘t miss the chance to pop in to the nearby imposing Ettal Abbey and abbey church with its domed roof adorned with depictions of numerous saints. In the abbey brewery you can sample some Ettal beer and the abbey liqueur distilled by the Benedictine monks, which is said to be good for your health.

Ludwig II had his favourite residence, Linderhof Palace, built in the French rococo style as an homage to his French namesake, the Sun King Louis XIV. The route continues along the shores of the secluded Lake Plansee back to Füssen, where you can round off your sightseeing tour in style with romantic views of the old quarter and Hohes Schloss Castle.

German Castles and Palaces

See our article: Introduction: German Castles and Palaces
and here are all our articles about Germany’s Castles and Palaces