Neuschwanstein Castle Facts
Starting time: 09:15 | Duration: 3h | Language: English | Digital tickets accepted
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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)