13:  Neuschwanstein Castle by casablanca

13: Neuschwanstein Castle

PRE-LOVED THANKFUL FEBRUARY: Gratefully remembering the treasures in the places I have already been.

The castle in Bavaria that inspired Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty castle, Neuschwanstein is a gem of a place. The castle as it looks now was built near Füssen in Bavaria by King Ludwig II in the Romantic style and Ludwig was heavily influenced by his passion for the music of Wagner, particularly the use of fairy tales. He never saw it completed before his death, though he had intended it as his home and only ever slept 11 nights in the castle. His story is a fascinating one, shrouded in mystery. He was declared insane but there is plenty of doubt over that diagnosis, seen by many to have been a political move against him without health grounds.

He was transported to Berg Castle on the shores of Lake Starnberg, just south of Munich. His Doctor, Gudden, declared he had great optimism over treating the patient’s condition. The next day, Gudden and Ludwig were walking by the lake in the evening at Ludwig's request, saying that "no attendant may come along,” though those words were seen as somewhat ambiguous. He may well have meant “come, but at a distance” because he wanted to have private discussions with Gudden. When they didn’t return, a search was made despite the heavy rain and strong winds, and the bodies of both men were found at 10.30pm in the lake, head and shoulders above the water. The King’s watch had stopped at 6.54pm. It was officially declared at the autopsy that he had drowned by suicide, but in truth he was an excellent swimmer, no water was found in his lungs and he had been in excellent spirits. There are many theories in regard to the injuries on both men but no-one actually knows the truth of what happened though most disbelieve the suicide option and think he was murdered by his enemies and Gudden along with him. Mysteries are always fascinating, eh?

No photography is allowed internally in the castle at Neuschwanstein, but I can tell you the place is stunning! Visit if you ever get the chance. We walked up the steep hill from the town - you can take a horse and carriage or a taxi. This photo is taken from an Indiana Jones style wibbly wobbly bridge called the Marienbrücke over a deep ravine to one side of the castle. Inevitably, people were starting the questionable habit of putting padlocks with love messages on to the bridge. Not sure quite how many of those that particular bridge could take! Not the heaviest of constructions. Neuschwanstein is such a special and magical place to visit, highly recommended.
Straight out of a fairy tale indeed! The narrative was compelling - how intriguing but also sad.
February 13th, 2018  
A classic scenery, very well captured.
February 13th, 2018  
wow what a place/ magnificent capture
February 13th, 2018  
Now that is a castle!
February 13th, 2018  
Wonderful story
February 13th, 2018  
Wonderful detailed castle.
February 13th, 2018  
A fabulous photo and a really interesting narrative. Hopefully 'insane' is not now a diagnosis!
February 13th, 2018  
What a wonderful fairy tale castle and interesting history too.
February 13th, 2018  
Love the history as much as the castle beautiful photo. Fav
February 13th, 2018  
One place I have been waiting for the opportunity to visit. Fabulous shot, great pov and story. He is very often referred as Ludwig the Mad. Fav.
February 13th, 2018  
Fabulous picture! Great narrative as well. Looks like I will be adding this to my bucket list!
February 13th, 2018  
I am loving this series!
February 13th, 2018  
Fantastic picture.
February 13th, 2018  
Great shot, was it taken from the bridge? I think you and I have the same taste in holiday destinations!
February 13th, 2018  
@rumpelstiltskin Yes, from the Marienbrücke just behind over the ravine above the waterfall. How funny that we like the same places. You are clearly a woman of taste! :)
February 13th, 2018  
Excellent capture and beautiful architecture.
February 13th, 2018  
A fabulous picture and enjoyed reading about the history
February 13th, 2018  
Love this and it’s history, fav
February 13th, 2018  
I stopped by after your note, and am glad to see this image as my first stop back on 365 even if only for a minute. Bill and I stood at this exact place where you photographed this -- on the bridge. Your photo is well taken!
February 13th, 2018  
So neat you have actually been there. It's such an iconic building. The ultimate fairytale castle. This is a great shot.
February 13th, 2018  
Wonderful picture postcard shot
February 13th, 2018  
Cool image of the castle!!!
February 14th, 2018  
It is such an amazing castle
February 14th, 2018  
Has the look of a fairytale castle. Wonderful image.
February 14th, 2018  
Wow what a lovely castle and story!
February 14th, 2018  
Fabulous photo and amazing background info.
February 14th, 2018  
Absolutely beautiful. What stunning architecture. Going to have to show it to hubby when he gets in being a builder! Thanks for adding the notes, they were really interesting.
February 14th, 2018  
Sehr schönes, klares Bild! Ich liebe es hier auch, ich war im Juli da!
February 14th, 2018  
Such a beautiful castle, one I'd love to visit!
February 15th, 2018  
Amazing castle.
Beautiful pic
February 16th, 2018  
Have been there 3 times Just love it!!
February 16th, 2018  
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