Royal Inspiration

This summer is just flying by, and I haven’t blogged for ages! I can’t believe that it’s already back to life in Wisconsin and back to school again, but I thought I’d share some of my summer wanderings with you. Last week my parents and I returned from a 2 week vacation in Europe. We were in France for about a week, because my dad had to travel there for business, and then decided to take a bit of a family vacation in Munich, Germany.

While we were in Germany, we had the opportunity to go on several tours, one of which took us to Bavaria to visit Neuschwanstein Castle, the inspiration for the design of Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland.

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein, translated to “New Swan Stone” in English, was built by King Ludwig II in the mid 1800’s and is only 1/3 complete. Construction was stopped immediately after Ludwig II, also known as “The Fairy Tale King,” was found dead in a river along with his psychiatrist. The circumstances surrounding his death remain a mystery to this day, but it makes for an interesting story. Ludvig II seems to have been quite an interesting character.

The interior design of the castle itself is largely inspired by Wagner’s operas. We weren’t allowed to take pictures or video inside the castle, but it was very extravagant and ornate. You can only enter the castle if you pay to take a tour, and I thought it was worth it. You can, however, see the outside of the castle and the courtyard for free. There are lots of trails to walk along (and up… it’s quite the hill up to the castle… some would say a mountain).

As a Disney fan, it was great to see the inspiration for Walt Disney’s castle. The view from the castle was gorgeous too! Could you imagine waking up to this outside your bedroom window!?

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