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Neuschwanstein

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It is surely the most famous castle in the world and, like its builder, one of the most misunderstood. Neuschwanstein castle is a structure of contrast, irony, and mystery -- and beauty. With its turrets and mock-medievalism, its interior styles ranging from Byzantine through Romanesque to Gothic its a real fairy-tale fantasy come true. It was built between 1869 and 1886 for the Bavarian King Ludwig II. Ludwig's most fantastic fantasy in stone offers stunning views in every direction. Neuschwanstein was the first of three dream castles that Ludwig II of Bavaria had built. Only SchloƟ Linderhof was completed before the king's death in 1886. Only about a third of the building was actually completed. The 15 rooms you see on the tour show astonishing craftsmanship and richness of detail.Woodcarving in Ludwig's bedroom took 14 carpenters 4 1/2 years to complete. Wagner's operas feature everywhere in the form of murals.

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The best view of the castle and a 45m waterfall is from the nearby Mary's Bridge (Marienbruecke), which spans a deep gorge. On the path between this bridge and the castle is a wonderful view of Hohenschwangau and the Alpsee. Guided tours take about 35 minutes. You have to walk 170 steps up and down, a lift is not available. Contrary to popular legend, Ludwig's building projects did not bankrupt the Bavarian treasury. Neuschwanstein, like Ludwig's other castles, was financed entirely from the king's own funds.

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Something incredible happened while at the hotel. Ludwig II was in the lobby hall of my hotel in Munich and fully alive!

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More infos on Neuschwanstein Castle can be found here: www.marerico.com/neuschwanstein_castle.h-tm

Check also the official site: www.neuschwanstein.com/english/index.htm

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LINDERHOF

King Ludwig's favorite castle, was built between 1870 and 1879, modelled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, France. Its interior has characteristically lavish adornments, full of mirrors, painted ceilings and gilded cherubs, in a mixture of Renaissance and baroque styles. The surroundig gardens in french, italian and english style include a grand cascade, artificial grottos. The name of the castle is derived from the farmer family Linder, who owned a farm at this place.

Published on Monday October 27th, 2003


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