Neuschwanstein Castle Facts

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The Neuschwanstein is a castle of paradox. It was a very controversial building at its time, and there are many interesting facts to find out about it. Here are some:

Neuschwanstein Castle Tour Info

Neuschwanstein, A Fairytale Castle

  • Neuschwanstein means “New Swan Stone”. The name of the castle derives from one of Wagner’s opera’s character, the Swan Knight.
  • 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.
  • Ludiwg slept only 11 nights in the castle.
  • Ludwig was Richard Wagner’s patron, and many rooms of the castle were inspired by Wagner’s operas.
  • Even so, Wagner never had a chance to visit the castle as he died before it 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 original name of the castle was New Hohenschwangau Castle. It was renamed as Neuschwanstein castle just after Ludwig II’s death
  • The plans of the castle were drawn by Christian Jank, 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 (photo below)
Neuschwanstein Castle lego replica
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