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Day Trip: Neuschwanstein Castle

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This fantasy castle (the Disney logo is based on its outline) draws the expected crowds. The history behind the palace is as dramatic as its Romanesque Revival towers: built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria in part as an homage to the musical works of Richard Wagner, the palace is a fascinating architectural expression of the king’s artistic, volatile, egotistical and emotional mind. Ludwig’s own time at his dream castle was limited; he only lived there for five months before he mysteriously drowned close to shore in Lake Starnberg. Neuschwanstein is one of Germany’s top five attractions; it’s about a two-hour drive from Munich. Those with less time and not eager to battle the crowds should also consider visiting Schloss Herrenchiemsee.

Driving time to Munich:

2 hours

Written by Simone Girner

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