Royal Castles of Neuschwanstein and Linderhof


Did you know that near Munich you can explore two beautiful Bavarian castles from the Middle Ages? While hidden in the seclusion of the German mountains, King Ludwig II built two of his castles, Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. They were his dream castles and they still look today like they are part of a fairytale. A complete tour of Munich should include visiting these two castles. From Munich you can make a day-trip to Neuschwanstein and Linderhof and visit the extraordinary Bavarian castles. Both the interior and the gardens can be visited.

Neuschwanstein Castle



The German name of this castle is Schloss Neuschwanstein. This is a 19th century Romanesque palace built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Munich, Bavaria. The castle is placed in a fairy land. It lies in the transition between the Austrian Alps and the hilly region of Bavaria. This palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II as a retreat. It was originally intended as a personal refuge and Richard Wagner also lived here. Although some believed that the palace was built from the Bavarian public funds, the construction was made exclusively from the king’s own fortune and borrowings.

The castle construction was far from being finished by the time of his death. Immediately after the king’s death, in 1886, the palace was opened to the paying public. The castle counts more than 1.3 million visitors every year and up to 6,000 visitors per day in the summer. For security reasons, the place can only be visited for 35 minutes tour.

The castle was the filming scene for many movies and was the inspiration for The Sleeping Beauty Castle from Disneyland. The castle is a global symbol of the Romanticism era.

Linderhof Castle



This is another beautiful castle built by King Ludwig II. It is the smallest of the three castles built by him and the only one which he lived to see completed. The architecture of this palace is inspired from the Versailles palace. Although Linderhof is much smaller, it is obvious that the French castle was its inspiration. The hall of mirrors was used as a living room. The king used to stay awake and read during the night-time and sleep during the daytime. The thousands candles reflected in the mirrors created an unimaginable atmosphere. The palace is surrounded by green royal parks and gardens decorated with allegoric sculptures.



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