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Germany, facts and history in brief

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Neuschwanstein (German: Schloß Neuschwanstein, "new swan rock"; IPA pronunciation: /noiƒvanƒtaIn/) is a late 19th century castle in Germany, near the villages of Hohenschwangau and Füssen in southwest Bavaria, not far from the Austrian border. It is said the be the most photographed building in the world, and is one of Germany's most popular tourist destinations.

Construction was started by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as "Mad King Ludwig." It was designed by Christian Jank. The castle is located near Hohenschwangau, an older castle restored by Ludwig's father, Maximilian II of Bavaria. Due to his eccentricities and his perceived use of Bavarian funds (a myth, as Ludwig actually used his own money to finance the construction of the castle) Ludwig was removed from power before the castle was completed. Soon after Ludwig's mysterious death (1886), the castle and its amazing interior was opened to the public. Many tapestries and paintings depict scenes from the operas of Richard Wagner, a reflection of Ludwig's love for Wagner's work. However, many of the interior rooms remain undecorated -- only 14 rooms were finished before Ludwig's death.

The nearby Marienbrücke (Mary's Bridge) provides a beautiful side view of Neuschwanstein.

Neuschwanstein, the (relatively) modern fairy-tale castle of Bavaria, inspired the modern fairy-tale castle at Disneyland, Sleeping Beauty Castle. The inspiration for the Cinderella Castles at other Disney parks is sometimes incorrectly attributed to Neuschwanstein.
The basis for those designs is the Château d'Ussé in France.[1][2]

Neuschwanstein appears in the 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang as a castle in the fictional land of Vulgaria.

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We've seen the Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloß) some years ago, on our way and back to Oberammergau.

The place looked like a castle out of a Walt Disney movie, reminding us of looking like a Walt Disney castle.

Our thinking was erroneous to some extent, since the Castle has been around long before 'Walt Disney was a twinkle in his father's eye', but also right, since the Castle did appear in Walt Disney movie/s.

There's a castle, very similar in appearance in Las Vegas and credited to the Disney films, rather than to King Ludwig II of Bavaria's Neuschwanstein Schloß.

Just shows the grip of Disney and other Hollywood films in our everyday life.

In many cities all over the world Hui Chin and I have visited, the main sights are the once that were associated with some movies, or filming some of the movies there.

Unfortunately I do not have many of my photos left of this place, although we had four cameras between us and we taken many, many photos wherever we went, two of my cameras, with large, 512 MB SD Cards and many thousands of photos on them with my valet and money, were stolen from my bag, later into our trip, by some 'lowlife'.

You can click on these photos for an enlargement.


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