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Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Neuschwanstein Castle and the crazy king of Bavaria

So, this was the reason for our visit to Hohen-Schwangau

The beautiful castle built by a Bavarian king, Ludvig II. This castle was the inspiration for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty castle

We learned, that he actually grew up in a castle situated below in the village and that the Neuschwanstein castle was built on the ruins of two mid-eval castles.

Ludvig II lived at night time, so he had his staff working a night shift! He had crazy dreams of building another castle, even though the country was bankrupted. So they pronounced him insane and took him to a castle near Munich, where he was found dead (drowned) the next day. They still don't know if he killed himself or if was murdered.

He was influenced by Wagner's operas like Tannhauser and Isobelle&Tristain.

After touring the castle on Friday, we headed to Munich, where we stayed at the airport hotel. The next morning we flew to Helsinki

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