Neuschwanstein- The Real Cinderella Castle in Bavaria Germany
June 28, 2010 MuseumChick
After hiking the trail up the Bavarian Alps foothills from the small town of Hohenschwangau (nearby to Füssen) I discovered a real Cinderella Castle- the magical, Neuschwanstein Castle.
Bavarian King Ludwig II dreamed up this castle in 1868. King Ludwig was a long-time admirer of the 19th century German composer, Richard Wagner (pronounced Vagner) and much of the castle was inspired by his operas including my personal favorite, Tristan and Isolde.
Walking around the castle without a tour guide is prohibited. So, I got my ticket and waited in line for my number to be called- much like waiting for your number at a deli counter. But the line moved fast and soon…
…I was in. I've been told that the tour guides are notoriously boring and the groups can be large. Mine was about 25 people meandering through the rooms together, gunning for a spot closest to the guide so we could hear her tales through an incomprehensible accent. But it was all worth it for a look inside this unique and amazingly well preserved castle.
The castle amazingly survived despite heavy bombing during WW 2 in Bavaria. The detailing and colors are still prominent and you don't need much of an imagination to sense its grandeur.
…And windows that overlooked an amazing view.
Then a kitchen that would make even the worst cooking-phobe, like me, want to cook. Much of this kitchen, including the copper pots and pans are original furnishings from the time of King Ludwig II. The cylindrical wooden block in the middle is where meat was chopped and towards the back are roasting spits.
A model of the castle and 19th century construction pictures hang on the walls at the end of the tour, along with a gift shop, of course.
And the way back down leads to this small cafe and my last glimpse of the castle on the hill in the distance before jumping on the bus back to Munich.