We start January 2023 with a beautiful visit to King Ludwig’s Neuschwanstein castle. I have been there twice, once in winter and summer. I can’t get enough of the beautiful landscape and touring the castle.
King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the cliffside castle in 1868, just two years after Austria and Bavaria were conquered by Prussia during the Austro-Prussian War (sometimes called the Seven Weeks’ War), effectively stripping Ludwig II of his powers. He quickly retreated into a private fantasy world, surrounding himself with opulent castles where he could live out his dreams of being a true, sovereign king.
ACCORDING TO THE BAVARIAN CASTLE ADMINISTRATION, Ludwig II never saw the final Neuschwanstein. He died in 1886, and the last towers weren’t completed until 1892. But within weeks of his sudden and mysterious death, the magnificent castle was opened to the public, quickly becoming one of the region’s most visited attractions.
Let’s take a quick tour by clicking the Castle Tour Button. Enjoy!