The castle of Neuschwanstein truly epitomizes a Romanesque
castle, like something from a fairy tale. So it's no surprise that
this castle served as inspiration for Walt Disney’s Cinderella's
castle. Located in Germany's Bavarian Alps, this medieval
a manifestation of the fertile imagination of King Louis 11 of
Bavaria. Situated at an altitude of 965 meters (3,165 feet),
Neuschwanstein Castle is accessible by a single road.
theatrical in appearance, the castle covers some 5,935 sq.
(63,884 sq. ft.) and features a medley of exterior turrets, circular
staircases, windows and domes. Begun in 1869,
was never finished. Only 15 of the planned 228 rooms were
leaving many doors on the lower floors to open onto empty
steep rock. A blend of architecture and dream, Neuschwanstein
combines Roman, Baroque, Gothic and Byzantine styles in an
homogeneous whole just as astonishing is its modernism, as
1884 the castle has been equipped with central heating, a
with hot and cold running water, and a dumb waiter connected
dining room... located three floors up!
Each room in the castle depicts Troubadour poems and
legends, themes dear to Louis If. Four spectacular rooms
ingenious lighting system, giving visitors an insight into the
King's eccentric and flamboyant style. The most impressive
the Throne Room, resplendent in gold and marble is the
inlaid with two million piece, representing plants and animals.
Singer's flail is the largest in the castle. Its coffered spruce-
wood ceiling provided very good acoustics for the various
held there each year. The Royal Hall contains two large works
representing the Legend of Lohengrin: a Knight in Quest of the
Grael. Finally, Ludwig's Bedroom in extravagant Gothic style
displaces remarkable oak furnishings so ornate that it took 14
carvers tour years to complete the work. Each year
Castle attracts tens of millions of visitors who come to view the
originality, extravagance and especially the stunning, beauty.