The Fairy-Tale Castle
Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, built three impressing castles which gave him the nickname
"der Märchenkönig" (fairy-tale king). The most beautiful and famous castle is Neuschwanstein castle near Füssen. It is probably
Germany's best known landmark in the world. With its Romanesque fortress and Byzantine architecture, the castle looks like arisen from of a fairy-tale
and was thus inspiration for the Disney Lands' castles of Sleeping Beauty.
More Info regarding King Ludwig:
Ludwig II was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. Outside of Germany he is known as the Mad Man King. In Germany he is only referred to
as the fairy-tale king because his whole life he was longing for a Christian mystical monarchy and loved Richard Wagner's operas with
their fantastical stories and fairy-tale like worlds. To realise his dreams he built three impressing castles which made him indebted his whole life as a king.
His life as well as his mysterious suicide death at the Starnbergersee still fascinate people all around the world.