Ever wondered which castle helped inspire the Disney classics Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty?

Grab your bags and visit Bavaria in southeastern Germany with National Geographic Travel where you will find the Neuschwanstein Castle.

Some 1.4 million people go there every year, making it one of the most visited castles or palaces in Europe.

Neuschwanstein translates to “new swan stone.” The swan was an emblem of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He was known as the Swan King and the Fairy Tale King.

The castle was built in 1866 as King Ludwig’s retreat from public life. He was a shy king who disliked large public functions. He also avoided formal social events whenever possible.

While he was still a boy, he saw the breathtaking mountain site as the site for his future castle.

King Ludwig died before his castle was completed in 1892.

Although the castle served as inspiration for Disney’s happy ending stories, it is a true story with a sad ending.

Neuschwanstein Castle

It’s believed that “fairy-tale” king, Ludwig II of Bavaria built his new castle as the centerpiece for an imagined kingdom—one in which he was the true king. Read more of the fascinating story: https://on.natgeo.com/2HYfEqv

Posted by National Geographic Travel on Sunday, 6 May 2018

 

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