The Real Sleeping Beauty Castle
My family and I hopped on a train from Munich Germany to Fussen to see the Neuschwanstein Castle that inspired the Sleeping Beauty Castle. This castle has been on my bucket list since I first discovered it on Pinterest. It was everything everybody said it would be and it was one of my favorite sights in Germany.
I learned a few things on our trip to Neuschwanstein Castle in Schengau, Germany. It served as a home and retreat for the very reclusive king, King Ludwig II. It is one of the most popular attractions in Bavaria Germany, bringing in more than 1 million visitors each year. The building lies outside the city in in the Bavarian Alps. The castle is surrounded by hills, trees, a fairy tale village and a lake. It’s one of the most beautiful landmarks I’d ever seen.
Traveling to Neuschwanstein Castle by Rail, Bus and Horse Drawn Carriage
Munich serves as a great hub if you are trying to get around town or visit places such as Italy/Czech Republic/Austria. It’s a central hub due to the fact that the Munich Railroad Station has buses and trains heading in all directions. Our train tickets from Munich to Fussen cost less than 20.00. Fussen is a very quaint and fairy tale picturesque village. If you’ve been to Disneyland, the village closely resembles that of the buildings in Fantasyland. The train ride from Munich to Fussen was about two hours. In my eyes, the train ride is part of the whole experience. The landscape of Germany is truly a sight to see. My apologies for a million movie references, but I felt like I was driving through the hills from the Sound of Music. Even two hours was too short.
Once we departed the train, we hopped on a bus into Schengau. The ride was less than 10 minutes. To get to the castle, you can travel up the mountain by horse drawn carriage or by foot. My family and I had been drinking beer, eating hot dogs and pretzels all week. It felt like part of our Germany experience. For this reason we decided to walk to the castle (about 1 mile uphill).
There are tours of the interior of the castle available for only 9 Euro. The tours lasts approximately 30 minutes. It should be noted that the tour requires a lot energy. There are hundreds of steps/stairs in the castle, so be prepared. Also, there are no cameras allowed inside the castle. Oops. I recommend getting tickets early as the lines were long. There is also plenty to see on the outside and within the castle walls for no cost.
This is a place I would recommend seeing once in your lifetime. Maybe another one to add to your bucket list? Check out our photos at the castle below.
(The Castle that Inspired the Castle in Sleeping Beauty)
(Take a carriage ride up to the Castle)
(View from the castle)
(Ludwigs very own Chapel)
(Photo of King Ludwig himself)
Facts about the Neuschwanstein Castle
- Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone”. The name of the castle derives from one of Wagner’s opera’s character, the Swan Knight.
- The foundation stone of Neuschwanstein Castle was laid down on 5th September 1869.
- It is estimated that around 1.3 million people visit the caste annually, with the number of summer visitors being as high as 6,000 per day.
- The Neuschwanstein castle was built for only one person – the King Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein is so immense though, that in some days it is visited by up to 6000 tourists.
- The castle was one of the finalists in the selection of the New Seven Wonders of the World.
- Ludiwg slept only 11 nights in the castle
- Ludiwg was Richard Wagner’s patron, and many rooms of the castle were inspired by Wagner’s operas.
- Despite of this, Wagner never visited the castle, as he died before its completion.
- The castle is one of the most photographed buildings in the world, even if photography is not permitted inside of the castle.
- There is no throne in the castle, as the Throne Hall was not completed before Ludwig’s death.
- The Sleeping Beauty Castle’s design in Disneyland was inspired by Neuschwanstein Castle.
- Fourteen carpenters worked for more than four years to make the woodwork in the bedroom.
- Despite its medieval look, it was built in the 19th century, and it served no defensive purposes.
- The designer of the castle was Christian Jank. He was not even an architect but a theatrical designer.
- In 2012, the Neuschwanstein Castle appeared on a €2 commemorative coin.
- The Legoland in Günzburg features a Lego replica of Neuschwanstein. The replica is located less than 150 away from the original
- The castle was initially known as New Hohenschwangau Castle. It was only after the death of Ludwig II that it was re-named Neuschwanstein.
- Neuschwanstein Castle comprises of a gatehouse, a Bower, the Knight’s House – with a square tower, and a Palas or citadel – with two towers to the Western end.
- The castle is featured on the cover of the Blur single “Country House”.
- ‘Chitty Chitty Bang Bang’ and ‘The Wonderful World of the Brothers Grimm’ are amongst the movies in which the Neuschwanstein Castle has been featured.
- The castle has been heavily featured in the video game ‘The Beast Within: A Gabriel Knight Mystery’.
- Neuschwanstein Castle is the most famous of three royal palaces built for Louis II of Bavaria.
- The towers and spires of Neuschwanstein Castle are reminiscent of the castles of medieval times.
- The Singer’s Hall, a copy of the Minstrels Hall of the Wartburg Castle, occupies the entire 4th floor of the castle.
- Exquisite chandeliers can be seen adorning the interiors of Neuschwanstein Castle.
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