Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Neuschwanstein-the famous so-called "Cinderella Castle"

This week "My World Tuesday", I will show you some photos of mine from The Neuschwanstein Castle.

The front of the Castle (Picture on the right)Castle, castle, and more castles in Germany, but I love the Neuschwanstein Castle much. This unfinished castle sitting high above the Alpsee just outside Füssen in Bavaria. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as the “Fairytale King”. This fairytale look of the Neuschwanstein castle inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom.  The famous Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland was modeled based on  this castle.

Once inside of Neuschwanstein we waited in a courtyard area that was cold and freezing. It was Oct, some other places in the world may have sunshine Autumn, but not Germany. We waited about 1 hour for our English group.

The castle as seen from the parking lot in the samll town below
Hohenschwangau Castle as seen from the village below

The nearby Hohenschwangau Castle where King Ludwig II grew up there, built by his father, King Maximilian II. The left and below pictures were taken from the Neuschwanstein Castle.
Looking down from the castle itself is really breathtaking, the lands below unfold in a beautiful panorama. As you can see from the picture, Hohenschwangau sits on a mountain ridge dividing Schwangau’s lakes.
 The Neuschwanstein Castle Model

There is a place to have the best view of the Neuschwanstein Castle, that is the Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge). Take the hike up from the castle for about 10 minutes (picture on right) to the bridge for great views of the castle and the gorge below. It's well worth the walking though a bit tough especially in the rainy and cold days...And you may not get nice photos and view too if too foggy. This was one of the area where Ludwig II liked to play when he was growing up. It was from this bridge that King Ludwig II admired his dream castle. The gorge with its steep rocky walls had already been “discovered” as a place of beauty during Maximillan II’s time - father of Ludwig II. As a child growing up in Schloss Hohenschwangau, Ludwig II had already grown to love the beautiful scenery of the Schwangau area, including the dramatic waterfall in the Pöllatschlucht (Pöllat Gorge) above Neuschwanstein. 

The left is the Neuschwanstein Castle views from the bridge, foggy, sigh...

Another spectacular view is had at Marienbrücke, or St. Mary’s Bridge, which spans a small waterfall and looks over Neuschwanstein.

The Neuschwanstein Castle really looks like a fairytale castle. Here are some from the post card:

Hope you like this fairy tale castle too.


Paulie said...

Very interesting! I continue to enjoy your tour of Germany!

Natalie said...

Beutiful pictures...
I've visited once in fall then in winter when it was covered with snow. LOVE this castle so much!!!