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"Palace Neuschwanstein" Schwangau Things to Do Tip by gigina

Schwangau Things to Do: 22 reviews and 73 photos


The "fairytale castle" of King Ludwig II, with over 1 million visitors a year.

Kind Ludwig II commissioned the castle to be built in 1868. The solitary monarch's desire was to turn his friend Richard Wagner's operas into reality. The architectural plans were drawn up by Eduard Riedel, and building began in 1869. In 1874, George Dollmann took over the construction. The interior decoration was almost finished at the time of Ludwig II's death in 1886. The castle itself was not completed by Julius Hoffmann until 1892.

Special feature:
The monumental castle stands on a jagged cliff, towering 200 meters above the river valley. It was first open to the public on August 1, 1886 - hardly a month after Ludwig's demise.

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