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Germany – Land of tales that gave the world such as Wilhelm Hauff and the Brothers Grimm. And in Germany is the most fabulous castle on the planet: Neuschwanstein, whose name translates as “New swan cliff.” In the second half of the XIX century, it was built by Ludwig II of Bavaria, or, as it was also called “Fairy King”.

In a series of German rulers Ludwig II occupies a special place. From severe and warlike ancestors and descendants of his distinguished romantic and dreamy. Distinguished so that your entire state ardor (along with the state treasury), he directed only to implement his dream of wondrous countries inhabited by mysterious creatures.

Frustrated gritty bustle of Munich, Ludwig II was not interested in his problems day by day more and more immersed in his own world of dreams.And were born a few locks – Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein. Each one of them – a masterpiece of world architecture, charming with its weightlessness and fabulous silhouettes of majestic mountains.

The model was selected for the Neuschwanstein castle Wartburg – the only surviving feudal castle of Bavaria. But the brainchild of Ludwig II strongly surpassed the original. At the time, a great influence on the king had the opera “Lohengrin” by Richard Wagner, in a noble knight white swan – the fabulous hero of ancient legends – Ludwig saw himself. And with the help of architects, and he has created his own “Swan Castle.”

Fairy-tale castle

Within its walls reflected the magical world of “Song of the Nibelungs,” medieval legends about Parsifal, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser, the Holy Grail, Tristan and Isolde … Above each room, each panel masters worked long and hard. Every detail here – a work of art. But it is precisely for this reason, construction proceeded very slowly and was not even finished at Ludwig’s life. For example, just over a wood carving in one bedroom, 14 carpenters worked 4.5 years.

In this case, the King was able to combine surprisingly subtle fantasy with reality: for all its ethereal form, the castle was equipped with the latest technology the way of his time. Rooms royal apartments are equipped with hot air central heating, toilets have an automatic drain system, used to call the servants of the electrical system call, and on a couple of floors were not even phones!

Still, Neuschwanstein – is, first of all, carved in stone fairy tale. He was the prototype of Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Paris and a source of inspiration for Tchaikovsky’s ballet “Swan Lake.” The very same king, he finally brought to mind. Instead of solving the urgent problems of the governor laid he went on an expedition in the footsteps of William Tell or having dinner with the spirit of Louis XIV. Day and night swapped places with Ludwig II, for which he became known as “King of the Moon.” According to the laws of Bavaria, the King may be removed from office if found unfit to management. Not surprisingly, once (in 1886) Ludwig II was overthrown. He was taken to the castle of Berg, and the next day the king died in the lake under mysterious circumstances, along with a psychiatrist diagnosed him … These mysterious events and set up an intriguing aura of the castle. Just two months after the death of the King of the unfinished Neuschwanstein was opened to tourists!
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