A Germany’s fairytale castle

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Germany is packed with medieval routes, famous fairy-tale locations and castles like Neuschwanstein in the German region of Bavaria, just half an hour from Munich.  It was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as “the mad king” a great admirer and supporter of Richard Wagner, the German composer, to whom he dedicated most of the internal decorations of the palace inspired by Wagner’s characters.  In fact, Neuschwanstein literally means “New Swan Castle” referencing of “the Swan Knight” one of the Wagner’s characters from his opera “Lohengrin”.  Its location on top of a hill, its landscapes and roads, everything is absolutely beautiful, this fairytale look inspired Walt Disney to create the Cinderella’s Castle and Sleeping Beauty’s Castle. From the top of the hill, you can also see the beautiful Hohenschwangau Castle surrounded by beautiful lakes and mountains, a landscape that takes your breath away.  Unfortunately, the bridge where you can get the best view and pictures was closed, so I have a good excuse to return, perhaps in winter, with all the snowy landscape. A dream, right?

Alemania está llena de rutas medievales, lugares y castillos de cuentos de hadas como el Castillo de Neuschwanstein, en la región alemana de Baviera, a sólo media hora de Múnich.  Su construcción fué ordenada por Luis II de Baviera, llamado el “rey loco” y gran admirador del compositor alemán Richard Wagner, a quien le dedicó gran parte de la decoración interna del palacio inspirándose en los diversos personajes creados por dicho compositor.  Es más, Neuschwanstein significa “Nuevo Cisne de Piedra” en homenaje al Caballero del Cisne, personaje principal de la opera de Wagner “Lohengrin”.  Su ubicación en la cima de una colina, sus paisajes, sus caminos, todo, es absolutamente hermoso, tanto así que Walt Disney se inspiró en este castillo para crear el de la Cenicienta y el de la Bella Durmiente.  Desde lo alto de la colina, se puede apreciar también, el hermoso Castillo de Hohenschwangau o castillo del Gran Condado del Cisne rodeado de bellos lagos y montañas, un paisaje que quita el aliento. Lamentablemente, el puente en donde se puede obtener la mejor vista y las mejores fotografías estaba cerrado, así que tengo una buena excusa para volver, tal vez en pleno invierno, con todo el paisaje cubierto de nieve.  Un sueño, no?

 

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8 thoughts on “A Germany’s fairytale castle

    1. Thank you Roselinde, I like de flare too, in fact, I love everything about that castle! I have just found out you live in Breda, I have a good friend there and I’ve been twice in that beautiful city, in summer is so perfect. I’ll be there the next year for sure 🙂

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