Sunday, March 28, 2010

Picture Perfect


Why not take a bit of the fairy tale castle with you?  This upscale card shop in the Isarvorstadt neighborhood sure beats a snow globe. Neuschwanstein, one of the most visited places in Germany, has 1.3 million visitors annually, and during the summer the number of visitors gets as high as 6000 per day.  What you may have not known about this mythical castle is that it was the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park.  And why not, it was actually designed by a theatrical set designer, Christian Jank, and not an architect – as King Ludwig’s homage to Richard Wagner.  Over the years, it has taken a prominent place in pop culture, as featured in the movies “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” and the Wonderful World of Brothers Grimm.” Regardless, the castle is one of the most photographed places in the world, and has become a global symbol of the era of Romanticism.

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