Welcome to around the world with your lovable and witty host, me, Dave. This is the place where I tell you all about the places around the world I hope to one day visit.
Our stop this week takes us to Bavaria, Germany and the place that served as the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.
Any guesses for where we are going this week?
It is of course Neuschwanstein Castle. That’s a bit of a mouthful.
Here’s something you may find surprising about Neuschwanstein Castle, it was built in the nineteenth-century with construction beginning in 1869, the foundation stone was placed on 5th September that year.
However if you look a little closer at the castle you can tell it is a modern castle and not a medieval one. It lacks the defensive fortifications of older castles, it was designed to look nice not be a castle. I suppose that makes it more of a palace than a castle.
The palace (because that’s what it is despite castle being in the name) was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat because that is what you do when you are King I suppose. Although you have to give him credit for paying it out of his own fortune and not Bavarian public funds although his own fortune probably did come partly from the people.
So why do I want to visit Neuschwanstein Castle? Well for a start its a proper fairytale castle serving as the main inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle making it somewhat iconic in popular culture but it also looks stunning in its own right.
Oh and it is also one of my favourite wonders in Civilization V. Yeah that might actually have a fair bit to do with it now that I think about it.
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