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Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Commanding a view of the bluish-green Alpsee lake and girded by dark forests, King Ludwig's fairy-tale marble castle Neuschwanstein rises from a lofty rock west of Hohenschwangau in Bavaria, Germany.


Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, New Swan palace) is a 19th-century palace built for the Bavarian King Ludwig II. It was begun in 1868, but never fully completed.


The king saw his castle as a monument to the culture and concept of monarchy prevailing in the Middle Ages, which he greatly admired and wanted to recreate.

Built and furnished in medieval styles but equipped with the latest technology of the day, it is the most photographed building in Germany.


The palace has appeared in several movies, and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at both Disneyland Park and Hong Kong Disneyland. In 2007, it was a finalist in the selection of the New Seven Wonders of the World. Having lost the race to top seven, it is now advertised as the 8th world wonder.


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Taken on October 4, 2008