Tour: Neuschwanstein Castle and King Ludwig II.
In 1869 foundations were laid for Neuschwanstein Castle, and construction work was in full swing until King Ludwig II. died in lake Starnberg under mysterious circumstances. Yet from this moment all work was immediately stopped and scarcely 7 weeks after the king’s death the castle was opened to the public as a museum. The reason is obvious: Ludwig had been heavily in debt.
Ludwig II. probably was the most controversial and most eccentric person in Bavaria at that time. Altogether he built 3 castles: Neuschwanstein, Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof, the latter being the only one that was completed. Ludwig II. went down in Bavarian history as the “Swan King”.
To the biggest part Neuschwanstein Castle was planned by Ludwig himself and was built in the way of a medieval knight’s castle. The courtyard and some premises are an homage to his favourite composer Richard Wagner.
Neuschwanstein Castle is the most famous castle by far and is attracting more than 1.5 million guests from all over the world. Altogether a visit to the castle and Mary’s Bridge combined with the marvellous view will make this private tour an unforgettable adventure.
If there is any time left…
Visiting the castle will take up some time, nevertheless there will be some options for side trips in this marvellous area called “Pfaffenwinkel”. You can either schedule them before or after the castle tour. All following proposals are depending on admission time to the castle and your other personal plans like lunch for example.
- Hohenschwangau Castle is located near Neuschwanstein Castle in the little town of Hohenschwangau. In this castle, which had been built by his father, Ludwig spent a lot of time with the royal family, explored the surrounding areas and already planned building Neuschwanstein Castle when he was prince royal.
- Füssen is right around the corner from Neuschwanstein Castle and will impress you with its medieval appearance
- Linderhof Palace is another one of Ludwig II. castles and is dedicated to the French King Ludwig XIV. On our way there we’ll pass idyllic Plansee going through Austria.
- Oberammergau is a small town, world-famous for its wood craft, Lüftlmalerei (elaborately painted facades) and especially the Oberammergau Passion Play taking place in a ten-year cycle. Another attraction is the marvellous shopping promenade in the centre of the town.
- Ettal Abbey, a well-known baroque Benedictine abbey, originating from the 14th century is a good option for a short stop on our way back to Munich.
- Wieskirche is a splendidly decorated rococo church – an UNESCO World Heritage
- The “Alpine Coaster” at the Kolbensattel near Oberammergau: a summer toboggan run of 2.6 km length – fun for young and old. A perfect stop after a visit to the culturally powerful castle.
Neuschwanstein – a royal dream that you too can fulfill!
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