While watching Adventures in Architecture on Ovation, this beautiful castle was featured on their episode titled “Passion”. Thanks to Tivo and a fiance that can translate German, together we were able to figure out the spelling of this monster, the Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria Germany.
Commissioned by King Ludwig the second of Bavaria as a retreat and homage to Richard Wagner, the Kings inspiring muse. What made this castle interesting? First off, it was only built about 150 years ago, and the public was never allowed inside, until the death of the King. And only then access was granted to pay for the high debts the King created. Inside, only 14 rooms were finished, and oddly enough steel beams ran through many rooms, not common in many castles. Ludwig commissioned Christian Jank, a stage designer to bring his master piece to life as well as the Falkenstein Castle although Ludwig died before any work started.
Mysteriously, the King was found drowned in Lake Starnberg, and the actual cause of death is unknown. This castle is said to be the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty and inspired the actual construction of the castles in the Disney parks.
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