We left Austria early this morning, we had a 325 mile drive back to Spay. We decided to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle on the way back. Vickie and Sam were hoping to tour the castle, the line was a mile long and the only tour available was not until 3 in the afternoon. We had to settle for some hazy pictures of the castle instead.
There were several castles in the area to tour. The Neuschwanstein Castle is one of the most visited castles in Germany and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairy tale King”. Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Castle”. Neuschwanstein is a castle of the paradox. It was built in the 19th century in Bavaria, in a time when castles no longer had strategical and defensive purposes.
While Neuschwanstein’s look is that of a medieval castle, it was equipped inside with state of the art technology at that time. For example on every floor of the castle there were toilets with automatic flushing system, as well as an air heating system for the whole castle. Water was supplied by a nearby spring situated at only 200 meters above the castle.
This fairy-tale look of the Neuschwanstein castle inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom. Today, Neuschwanstein is the most visited castle in Germany, and one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Every year over 1.300.000 people pass through its gate.
We were amazed by the beauty and glad we got to see this awesome castle, it was another great day in Germany, check back later for more.