Munich Part 4: Schloss Neuschwanstein, the fairy prince’s castle

It’s September already, which means the end of summer. Goodbye Summer of 2013, it was a lot of fun! To commemorate the summer (not really), I’m continuing my posts on Munich. This one is about Neuschwanstein. On my last day in Munich, we decided to take a mini roadtrip out to Schwangau, home of Schloss Neuschwanstein. It’s about a 3 hour drive from Munich, easily a nice day trip. The place itself it gorgeous as it’s located next to the Alps.
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It was so pristine. The green was so green and the blue so blue that I really felt as if the air were purer and the sky more clear than any I had experienced.

And the trail up to the castle is a nice walk through the woods. Although, one does have to watch out for horse poop!
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The site kind of reminded me of Disney World. It was so stylized and had this “small world” feel to it.

Of course, the actual castle was breathtaking. Did I mention that this castle was the inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty’s castle?
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It really did look like something out of a Disney fairytale only 100x better. (The above is a miniature Neuschwanstein located in the castle museum.)

A little bit of a history lesson: Neuschwanstein was built by Prince Ludwig II of Bavaria. This castle was dedicated to Wagner and inside the castle the walls are decorated with murals of scenes from different Wagner operas, including Tannhauser and Lohengrin.
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Unfortunately, I have no photos of the inside of the castle.

On an adjacent mountaintop to Neuschwanstein is Schloss Hohenschwangau. This was the summer home built by Ludwig II’s father. Hohenschwangau is not as magnificent and fairytale-like as Neuschwanstein, but is beautiful in its own right.
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This castle also has murals from various Wagner operas, courtesy of Ludwig II’s renovations

My favorite part of this castle was probably the outdoor garden area.
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It really would have been a lovely summer home.

Supplemented by the view from the courtyard.
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