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Catch a glimpse of the Neuschwanstein Castle along the Danube

July 27, 2011 - 2:26am
Catch a glimpse of the Neuschwanstein Castle along the Danube
While the tale of Sleeping Beauty is well-known in part due to the animated film of 1959, many people are unaware of the inspiration behind the iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland. Creators drew heavily from Germany's Neuschwanstein Castle, a majestic 19th century building alongside the Danube River.

The castle was built between 1869 and 1886, and was originally constructed as a retreat for the notoriously reclusive King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Sadly, after having only lived in his castle for 172 days, Ludwig II died in 1886. Afterward, the castle opened up to the public, despite hardly having been used at all.

Now the landmark remains one of the most popular destinations in Germany, with 1.3 million visitors stopping by each year. With instantly recognizable turrets and nestled deep within the Bavarian countryside, the castle certainly looks like it is taken directly from the pages of a fairytale.

Its interior is impressive as well, but perhaps no room is more alluring than the Hall of the Singers, which features massive chandeliers hanging from the vaulted ceiling, as well as ornate decorations a column-lined stage, which surprisingly didn't see its first performance until 1933.