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Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany

Germany's Fairy Tale Castle

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Does Neuschwanstein Castle look familiar? This romantic German palace may have inspired the fairy tale castles created by Walt Disney.
The fanciful Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany

The fanciful Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany

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About Neuschwanstein Castle:

Although it is called a castle, this building in Schwangau, Germany is not a medieval fortress. With towering white turrets, Neuschwanstein Castle is a fanciful 19th century palace built for Ludwig II, King of Bavaria.

Ludwig II died before his romantic home was completed. Like the much smaller Boldt Castle in the U.S., Neuschwanstein was never completed yet remains a very popular tourist destination. Its popularity is largely based on this castle being the model for Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim and Hong Kong and the Cinderella Castle in Disney's Orlando and Tokyo magic theme parks.

In 2007, Neuschwanstein Castle was named a finalist in the campaign to designate New 7 Wonders of the World.

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