Travel to Castle of Neuschwanstein
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Neuschwanstein Castle; the dream home of King Ludwig II of Bavaria!
Yes dreams do come true when you work hard enough.
On September 5, 1869 King Ludwig II of Bavaria began the construction his dream Palace, Neuschwanstein. Some 17 years later in 1886 when the King Ludwig II died
Neuschwanstein castle was still not finished. He left behind a legacy that many are still greatly enjoying to this day. Neuschwanstein is built on the ruins of another fortress better know as Swan Stone.
Ludwig II became King of Bavaria, after the death of his father King Maximilian II.
Who on March 10, 1864 was only 53 years old; Maximilian II died of a blood illness. King Ludwig II at the young age of 18 was shocked by the turn of events and his fathers early death. One of his first statements being, "I am too young to be King".
At only 16 years King Ludwig II had heard his first concert of Richard Wagner. One of King Ludwig II first orders was to invite Richard Wagner to his court, which was to be the beginning of a long friendship.
During the 17 years of construction of Neuschwanstein Castle, King Ludwig II of Bavaria could view the construction with an excellent telescope; from the neighboring room of his sleeping chamber in Hohenschwangau Castle.
After the death of King Maximilian II, King Ludwig II of Bavaria took over his fathers floor in Hohenschwangau Castle.
In a letter to Richard Wagner from May 13, 1868 King Ludwig II, stated his intentions to build Neuschwanstein Castle. "It is my intention to rebuild the old castle ruin at Hohenschwansgau near the Pollat Gorge in the authentic style of the old German knights castles."
Architects were Christian Jank, Eduard Riedel and Georg Dollman the building was done in a Neo romanticism style, with inspirational ideas taken from Wartburg fortress.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria allowed no visitors to his Neuschwanstein castle. But it is stated that since the doors have been open to the public in 1886 over 50 million guests have entered the holy halls of Neuschwanstein Castle.
One guest was Walt Disney who used Neuschwanstein for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.
Neuschwanstein Castle was originally called New Hohenschwangau Castle but after the death of Ludwig II of Bavaria, the name was changed to Neuschwanstein Castle.
The name was changed to refer to the Swan Knight Lohengrin in Richard Wagner's opera. Inside Neuschwanstein should be the original seat of the Knights of Schwangau; the code of arms showing a swan.
The throne room was never completed having no throne as the chair was never finished.
Neuschwanstein Castle was almost finished on the outside in 1886 when; King Ludwig II of Bavaria was declared insane by a State Commission advised by Dr. Von Gudden who arrested him in Neuschwanstein Castle.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria was then taken to the small palace (Schloss Berg), on the lake Starnberg near Munich.
Both Dr. Gudden and King Ludwig II of Bavaria were found dead in the lake on June 13, 1886 in knee deep water. There has never been any clear explanation given to their deaths.
Did you know that King Ludwig II of Bavaria was the first one to use electricity in Bavaria? That he had running water and self flushing toilets in his Palaces?
That he used modern technology in his palaces such as steam engines, to generate electricity, modern venting, and heating in all his buildings?
Ludwig II used many artisans, builders, plasterers, and decorators keeping these arts alive. Without him this knowledge and expertise would have died out in his time.
The hearts of the Bavarian Kings are located in the small chapel of the Black Madonna in town of Altötting.
Here the Golden Cup holding the heart of King Ludwig II of Bavaria 1845-1886 is shown.
Many people have travelled with me to Neuschwanstein and the beautiful Bavarian Alps, you are welcome to read their comments under my
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