Posted by: danielfee | May 20, 2013

Travel Photo of the Day 05-20-2013

Neuschwanstein - Germany

Neuschwanstein Castle – Bavaria, Germany

Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on top of a rugged hill near Fussen in southwest Bavaria. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II as a retreat for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Due to its secluded location, the palace survived the two World Wars without destruction. It served until 1944 as a depot for Nazi plunder from France where the works of art were cataloged photographically. After World War II, 39 photo albums were found in the palace documenting the scale of the Nazi’s robbery. The castle was reopened to the public and more than 1.3 million people visit annually.

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