During our first summer in Munich (08) we took a weekend trip to visit Neuschwanstein castle for Emma's 9th birthday. Disney used Neuschwanstein as inspiration for its Sleeping Beauty castle. Construction began on the castle in 1869 and was completed in 1892. It was commissioned by Bavaria's infamous King Ludwig II, known as the Mad King. He had planned to use it as a retreat and as homage to his muse Richard Wagner. Unfortunately the King died in 1886 before construction was complete and was to only spend 11 nights in his retreat. Neuschwanstein sits at the top of a mountain over looking the beautiful Hohenschwangau valley. This photo was taken from the King's private library in Neuschwanstein looking down onto Schloss Hohenschwangau, Ludwig's childhood home. Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are located in Southern Bavaria in the town of Schwangau close to the Austrian border.
Neuschwanstein castle in Schwangau, Bavaria
*our photos of Neuschwanstein are a little fuzzy because they are copies from our facebook albums of the originals that we lost when our computer crashed.