Friday, 20 April 2018
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Distance from hotel: 88.5 km

Neuschwanstein Castle

Ludwig II., King of Bavaria from 1864 onwards, addressed the following lines to Richard Wagner, whom he much admired:

"It is my intention to rebuild the old castle ruin of Hohenschwangau near the Pöllat Gorge in the authentic style of the old German knights' castles, and I must confess to you that I am very much looking forward to living there one day (in 3 years' time); there will be several cosy, habitable guest rooms with a splendid view of the noble Säuling, the mountains of Tyrol and far across the plain; you know the revered guest I would like to accommodate there..."

In 1886, seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The reclusive king had built the castle as a refuge from the public. Today, Neuschwanstein is Bavaria's foremost attraction.
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