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Neuschwanstein Castle (the white castle on the left) is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fuessen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. Neuschwanstein embodies both the contemporaneous architectural fashion known as castle romanticism and Ludwig II's immoderate enthusiasm for the operas of Richard Wagner.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as his retreat. Ludwig, sometimes called "Mad King Ludwig," paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds.
The palace was opened to the paying public immediately after Ludwig�s mysterious drowning in 1886. Since then over 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.
Hohenschwangau Castle (on the right) was the childhood residence of King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was built by his father, King Maximilian II of Bavaria.
May 4th, 2013
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