Friday, April 20, 2007

The epitome of the castle: Neuschwanstein Castle, in Bavaria

Neuschwanstein @ night
Originally uploaded by exchman.
Neuschwanstein Castle, royal palace in the Bavarian Alps of Germany, was the most famous of three royal palaces built for Louis II of Bavaria, sometimes referred to as Mad King Ludwig, who grew up nearby at Hohenschwangau Castle.

Begun in 1869 and left unfinished at Louis's death in 1886, the castle is the embodiment of 19th century romanticism. In a fantastical imitation of a medieval castle, Neuschwanstein is set with towers and spires and is spectacularly sited on a high point over the Pöllat River gorge. The king worked with three different architects in succession

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