SCHLOSS NEUSCHWANSTEIN (NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE)
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You can already see it from afar: white, like the swan and like the mountain that surrounds it, with its turrets and its completely innovative style, simply splendid! Neuschwanstein Castle was built between 1869 and 1886. Louis II had decided, when he began his construction, to make all his wildest dreams come true. He wanted to make it a sacred, inaccessible and protective high place, his earthly refuge in a way. He also wanted this place to belong to him and only to him. Thus he had ordered that upon his death, the castle be destroyed so as not to be exposed to the profane gaze of the people. Louis II's greatest regret is that Richard Wagner was never able to bring his palace to life with his music. Indeed, the work on the castle could never be completed. In 1886, the year of the death of Ludwig II of Bavaria, only one third of the pieces were finished. The realization of this crazy dream was entrusted to the Munich architects Dollmann and Riedel. Once inside, the delight begins. What a contrast with the sober and white exterior! Indeed, everything is colors, harmony, ornaments and perfection. Only the 3rd and 4th floors can be visited. On the third floor, the trapezoidal entrance hall with its vaulted ceiling overlooking it. The floor is covered with a superb mosaic made up of more than 2 million pieces representing the animal and plant kingdoms. Entirely dedicated to Wagner's work, the castle is full of allusions to the work of this immense composer who was Wagner. The frescoes in the dining room and the study represent the legend of Tannhäuser, the paintings in the king's bedroom are a tribute to Tristan and Isolde, while the large living room immortalizes the epic story of Lohengrin, the swan knight. Wagner is omnipresent in all this splendour of gilding. The highlight of the visit: the throne room, a tribute to Parsifal with his trompe-l'oeil painting representing a forest, behind the vaults. The room is made of marble, the floor is mosaic and the atmosphere is Byzantine with palm trees painted on the walls. The view of the Alpsee lake below is enchanting. The boudoir with its artificial cave and stalactites that make it a real opera setting. On the upper floor is the singer's room. The visit ends with the huge royal kitchen and it is also where the construction work was completed..
If your budget does not allow you to visit both castles, you can without any remorse choose Neuschwanstein..
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Guided tour only. Château open every day from 9am to 6pm from mid-March to mid-October, from 10am to 4pm from mid-October to mid-March. Full price: 13 €, reduced: 12 €, free for those under 18 years old. Ticket "Königsticket" including the 2 castles for a visit on the same day, full price: 25 €, reduced price: 23 €, free for children under 18 years old. By foot from the Ticket Center, it takes 30 minutes. If you do not want to queue for several hours in front of the ticket office, you can book online (extra charge of €1.80). The rooms of the castle will be under renovation until mid-2019, but remain open to the public.
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