If you think that you can only find a castle, built on the top of hill, on fairytale story books or Disney’s cartoon movies, you should go to Germany for the real thing. Yup, located on a rugged hill near Füssen, the southwest part of Bavaria, there is Neuschwanstein castle you can visit. Even the Sleeping Beauty castles in Disneyland parks were built by the inspiration from the Neuschwanstein castle.
The most interesting part of the castle is the history behind the construction. It was built in 1886 based on the idea of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Instead of commanding an architect to start the construction, the king commissioned Richard Wagner, a stage designer, to build it as retreat. Unfortunately, the king, who was reported mad, could never enjoy the castle that was built based on his imagination because of his death before the castle had completely built.
Today, more than a million of visitors visit the castle each year. It becomes one of the most popular tourist attractions in Germany. On April to September, the castle opens for visitors at 09:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. while on October to March the visitors can enjoy the castle’s beauty at 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.