Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most famous and visited castles in the world and has a rich history and many interesting facts. Here are some facts and figures about the 150m long castle:

  1. Location: Neuschwanstein Castle is located in the state of Bavaria, near the town of Füssen and close to the border with Austria.
  2. Construction period: construction of the castle began in 1869 and was largely completed in the 1880s, although it was never fully finished.
  3. Client: King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the castle. He wanted an idealized medieval castle built, modeled after the romantic stories of Richard Wagner.
  4. Architect: The main architect of the castle was Eduard Riedel, but the king was closely involved in the design process and contributed many of his own ideas.
  5. Inspiration: Many of the rooms in the palace are dedicated to themes from the operas of Richard Wagner, whom Ludwig II adored.
  6. Financing: Ludwig II financed the construction of the palace largely from his private coffers and went heavily into debt.
  7. Death of Ludwig II: The king died under mysterious circumstances in 1886, just days after he was deposed by the government.
  8. Opening to the public: Shortly after Ludwig II’s death, the palace was opened to the public to offset the enormous construction costs.
  9. Visitors: Today, over 1.3 million people visit the castle each year.
  10. Disney: Neuschwanstein Castle served as the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
  11. Access: The castle is situated on a steep hill and can be reached on foot or by horse-drawn carriages.
  12. Interiors: of the more than 200 rooms planned, only 15 were completed.
  13. Throne Room: Despite the name, there is no throne in the Throne Room, as Ludwig II died before it could be placed.
  14. Singing Hall: A large room planned for performances of Wagner’s operas.
  15. Technology: The palace was ahead of its time in terms of technology. It had running water, central heating and even a system for ventilation.
  16. Movies and Culture: The castle has appeared in numerous movies, TV shows, and music videos and is often portrayed as the ultimate fairytale castle.

Neuschwanstein Castle is a symbol of 19th century romanticism and the passion of a king who wanted to realize his vision of an idealized medieval castle. It stands as a testament to Ludwig’s love of art and music and his determination to retreat from reality and live in a world of fantasy.