Neuschwanstein Castle

Type: Castle

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The castle is probably the most famous historical structure in Germany and was constructed in 1869 for King Ludwig II of Bavaria, who reigned starting in 1864. Its style was inspired by the restoration of the Wartburg Castle. Therefore, the style resembles that of a Knights’ Castle of the Middle Ages. Neuschwanstein belongs to the most significant edifices constructed by King Ludwig, along with the Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof Castles. Ludwig himself did not live to see the completion of Neuschwanstein in the city of Füssen. A few days beforehand, he drowned in 1886 in the nearby Starnberger See (Lake) under mysterious circumstances that have never been explained. The castle, with its white limestone facade and deep turrets, is rumored to be real-life inspiration for the castle in the Disney classic Cinderella, released in 1950.