"New Swanstone Castle" is the English translation for Schloss Neuschwanstein. The castle is in Hohenschwangau, Germany (Bavaria).
Unsurprisingly, Neuschwanstein is an extremely popular tourist attraction. Thousands of visitors a day flock to gaze at the fairytale-like architecture.
Neuschwanstein castle is the inspiration behind Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland (California and Hong Kong).
The architectural style is known as Romanesque Revival. Other buildings of this style include the Smithsonian Institution Building (USA) and Culzean Castle (Scotland).
The palace was not fully completed, so even though there was space for 200 rooms or more, only around 15 were finished, including the beautiful throne hall.
Ludwig II, sometimes known as the "Swan King," had Neuschwanstein commissioned as an homage to Richard Wagner. He was known as a rather eccentric ruler.
Construction started in 1869 and the castle was opened in 1886. Over 400,000 bricks were used during construction.
Ludwig II died before the castle was even fully completed (1886). It was opened to the public by Luitpold, Prince Regent of Bavaria.
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