Neuschwanstein Castle (Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany) — this is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. King Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the cliffside castle in 1868 (in honor of composer Richard Wagner), 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.
Today, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year, 1.4 million people visit “the castle of the fairy-tale king”. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.
Admission: €13 (adult), €12 (seniors/students/disabled), free for children under 18 (accompanied by their parents).
Note: tickets to visit the castle cannot be purchase on location – due to high demand, such tickets can only be purchased online (with an additional service fee) at: https://www.hohenschwangau.de/1392.0.html