Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle), perched on the cliffs towering over the village of Hohenschwangau, is probably the most famous castle in the world. From there, King Ludwig II wanted to gaze across the Ammergau Alps and the vast land of southern Bavaria: "I intend to reconstruct the old ruins of the Hohenschwangau Castle at the Pöllatschlucht gorge in the genuine style of the old German knights' castles, and must admit to you that I am looking forward very much to residing there at some time [in 3 years]." This dream, though, was denied the Fairy-tale King. The castle was not completed until after his death.
The building project presented by Christian Jank, a stage painter, was carried out by Eduard Riedel and Georg Dollmann. Built in the Romantic style of the 13th century, the throne room is based on the Allerheiligen Hofkirche (Court Church of All Saints) of the Munich Residence, quite in contrast to the rest of the building with the exception of the dome structures. The wall murals, by contrast, were based on Wagner's thematic worlds: Tannhäuser, Parzival and Lohengrin. And so it was that Neuschwanstein was no mere copy of a medieval castle, but rather a new creation of historicism.
Tip: Admission tickets for the Neuschwanstein Castle are exclusively available at the Ticket Centre in the Hohenschwangau district of the town of Schwangau.
Mon. to Sun. 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
(April to 15 October)
Mon. to Sun. 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
(15 October to March)