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Neuschwanstein castle

Neuschwanstein castle in Upper Bavaria

Neuschwanstein castle is perched above Hohenschwangau, near Füssen in Southern Bavaria. Its construction started in 1869 on orders of king Ludwig II of Bavaria, who idealized a Middle-Ages chivalry castle.

To this day, it is one of Germany's most renowned monuments, attracting over a million tourists every year. Often described as „the fairy tale castle“, Neuschwanstein opened for visitors just 7 weeks after the king's death. It still amazes today by what were technological exploits of the times: it featured a central hot air heating system, hot running water, a meal elevator, as well as the telephone.

The owner now is the State of Bavaria, which administers it through the Department of Public Castles, Parks and Seas.

More: www.neuschwanstein.de/franz/chateau/index.htm