Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany - A Wonder In Itself


Neuschwanstein Castle Germany otherwise Schloß Neuschwanstein, is regarded one of the most magnificent castles in Germany forever built. It is positioned near the townships of Hohenschwangau and Füssen, in the southwestern Bavaria. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany was constructed in the nineteenth century by the King of Bavaria, Ludwig II who was a fervent fan of musician Richard Wagner. Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany is known to be one of the two most important castles surrounded by the area, the various other castles being Schloss Hohenschwangau, constructed by King Maximillian II who was Ludwig's father. Ludwig II was nicknamed as mad King Ludwig by the his cabinet members on account of his quirks, however additional benevolently in German since der Märchenkönig, otherwise fable king, as well built a number of various other castles, which includes Herrenchiemsee and Linderhof, as well as had plans for some more.

When it was constructed, Neuschwanstein Castle was known as New Hohenschwangau Castle. It was only after the death of the king that it was renamed Schloss Neuschwanstein, meaning "New Swan Stone Castle", after the castle of the Swan Knight Lohengrin in Wagner's opera of the same name. 

Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany mirrors capricious character of King Ludwig. This castle was planned by Christian Jank, his dramatic set designer Christian to a certain extent than being an architect. Architectural proficiency for the venture was afforded foremost by Eduard Riedel, who was the architect of the Munich court, as well as after that by George Dollman along with Leo Von Klenze.

The castle was constructed by means of the private money of king, not by means of the state budget. It extremely almost ruined the imperial family, on the other hand, the government charged him of tarnishing Bavaria monetarily with his generous building projects.

On 10 June, in the year 1886, the government stated Ludwig insane as well as placed him beneath house arrest. The punishment was been based on the suggestion of Professor Bernhard von Gudden, who was the head of a squad of psychiatrists, in spite of not having inspected the king as well as by means of tittle-tattle as "proof". Prince Luitpold who was Ludwig's uncle was made trustee. 

In spite of his disastrous providence, King Ludwig II was well-liked with his subject. In addition at one point of time they had as well tried to put off the government as of arresting him. He delighted himself to the whole country folks, over and over again taking a stop as to chat with the numerous farmers as well as laborers in the region. To all of his subjects, he was only "Unser Kini", or else more simply "our darling king".

In the present day Neuschwanstein Castle is regarded as one of the most popular tourist destinations in Germany. It is as well designated as one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

By: Emily Whale, photo by: Kristian Golding


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