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Schwangau

AD Classics: Neuschwanstein Castle / Eduard Riedel

04:00 - 7 April, 2016
AD Classics: Neuschwanstein Castle / Eduard Riedel, Courtesy of Shutterstock user Naumenko Aleksandr
Courtesy of Shutterstock user Naumenko Aleksandr

Looming over the small Bavarian town of Hohenschwangau are the turrets and towers of one of the world’s most famous “fairytale” castles. Schloß Neuschwanstein, or “New Swan Stone Castle,” was the fantastical creation of King Ludwig II – a monarch who dreamed of creating for himself an ideal medieval palace, nestled in the Alps. Though designed to represent a 13th-century Romanesque castle[1], Neuschwanstein was a thoroughly 19th-century project, constructed using industrial methods and filled with modern comforts and conveniences; indeed, without the technological advancements of the time, Ludwig could never have escaped into his medieval fantasy.[2]

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