Thursday, May 7, 2009

Fairy Tale Castle

And sometimes you have to go back to the old favorites. We had family in town recently, and paid a visit to one of Bavaria’s treasures – the Neuschwanstein Palace. The only thing I can say is it’s more beautiful than the photos. What would King Ludwig II think as he built the castle to withdrawal from public life? Afterall, more than 50 million people have visited the castle since his death. The castle opened to the public 7 weeks after his death, in part to help pay for his tremendous debts that he incurred in building this and other castles across Bavaria. Built as an homage to Richard Wagner, it is known as the fairy tale castle and was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty castle of Disney fame. The name, literally means the New Swan Stone Castle, and I believe it lives up to its name.

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