Located near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, the Neuschwanstein Castle inspired many books and movies like Disney's Sleeping Beauty. Built in the 19th-century, the Romanesque Revival palace stands on a steep hill looking down on Hohenschwangau. The castle was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner.
Ludwig II of Bavaria was greatly inspired by Wagner's operas since he was a boy. He was also in love with the nobility, greatness from the majestic era of medieval times. The whimsical king is often depicted as a romantic one, who dreams of peace and fairytales. He hated to fight, but he loved to read.
Sitting near the clouds, the castle seems to be a reflection of Ludwig's character. Inside the castle, the walls are covered by paintings portraying scenes from plays or operas. The furnitures and interior design were influenced partly by Byzantine and French styles. Unfortunately, it was forbidden to take photos inside the castle since the Royal family still has copyrights of it.
During his lifetime, people often said the king was mentally ill and mad. To me, he was a dreamer and lived in another era than his.
Nearby, there is a beautiful turquoise lake surrounded by this green lush forest. Every sight seemed to be out of a movie.