Thursday, May 15, 2008

Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau

Hohenscwangau castle
Neuschwanstein castle a.k.a the "Disneyland" castle
So, on Wednesday we went to the castle after which the Disneyland castle was patterned. It is so beautiful! We also went on a tour of another castle, Hohenschwangua which is very close. Hohenschwangau was a castle used by the rulers of Bavaria and the Neuschwanstein castle was built by the son, Ludwig II of Bavaria. He only lived in it for 170 days until his mysterious death where he and his physician were found in a river. The day before his death he was declared mentally ill and could no longer be the ruler of Bavaria. So, at the time that this castle was being built, starting in the late 1800's, everyone thought Ludwig to be crazy. So, he actually was but they could not have predicted that Neuschwanstein was going to be the number 1 tourist attraction in Germany. So, he really wasn't crazy, he was just preparing for Germany's economic future. It was so beautiful and at some angles looked just like the Disneyland castle!

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