Neuschwanstein Castle, known as “the castle of the fairy-tale king Ludwig II,” is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe.
The fantasy Castle was built by the shy young King Ludwig II of Bavaria, as a place to withdraw from public life after losing power to the Prussians. The king became so isolated that he was declared insane in 1886.
But now, The lavish, white fairy-tale palace receives over 1.4 million people every year. It was open to the public seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886.
The Neuschwanstein Castle is said to be Walt Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland.