Category: bavaria

Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle)…

Schloss Neuschwanstein (Neuschwanstein Castle),
Above Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany.

Neuschwanstein is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace. It was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. The palace was intended as a personal refuge but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his suspicious death in 1886. Since then more than 65 million people have visited it. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the main inspiration for Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Castle.

Hohenschwangau Castle

Hohenschwangau Castle is located in Schwangau, Germany. According
to written documentation, a castle has existed on this mountainous site since
the 12th century. The castle remained in possession of the Knights
of Schwangau, but the castle suffered through many wars and was eventually left
in ruins. In 1832, Crown Prince Maximilian
II purchased the ruins and had the castle reconstructed according to the
original plans in the Neo-Gothic style. The castle became the summer and
hunting residence of the Bavarian royal family. The famous Bavarian King Ludwig
II spent many weeks each summer at Hohenschwangau Castle. The Wittelsbacher
Ausgleichsfonds purchased the castle in 1928. The interior boasts a huge banquet
hall that’s also called the “Hall of Heroes” as the paintings show different
scenes of the Wilkina Saga and its hero Dietrich von Bern. The former arms and
drinking hall was rebuilt into a chapel that still has Sunday services. There’s
also an oriental room, an opulent dressing room, a star painted ceiling in the
kings bedroom, and murals in the Berchta room, which was Queen Mary’s writing
room.  The interior from the 19th
century is still preserved in the royal apartments, the gardens, and the
kitchen of the castle, which are open to the public.

Harburg Castle

Harburg Castle is located in Harburg, Bavaria, Germany. The
extensive medieval complex was built in the 11th and 12th
centuries and sits high upon a hill overlooking the town. The castle served as
a military stronghold during the reign of the Staufer Kings and was once referenced
as the Staufer Imperial Castle. The castle transferred ownership in 1295 to the
Count of Oettingen and has remained in the Oettingen-Wallerstein family ever
since. Harburg Castle is one of the largest, best-preserved castles in Germany.
The complex includes a chapel, sentry walk, prison tower, dungeon, and various
other residential buildings. The fortress was extended in the 15th
century to include more residential buildings. Further additions and
improvements were made from the 16th to 18th centuries,
which included the ceremonial hall and the castle church. A wall with six
towers surrounds the grounds, and in the center of the complex is a large courtyard
with a well. The interior of the castle boasts extensive paintings done on elaborate
wood ceilings. The castle once guarded a strategic roadway and is considered practically
impregnable; as it never fell into enemy hands. Harburg Castle is open to the
public during certain times of the year, but some of the castle is inaccessible
to visitors. Interesting side note: Michael Jackson was said to love Harburg
Castle and tried to purchase it numerous times without success.