I have been editing old european images in preparation for my next visit to Europe in October. I have published a number of shots of Neuschwanstein but only the front,back and interiors of the castle and views from the castle. This is the side of the castle as seen from the village. It is undoubtedly this view that caught the imagination of Disney. This is the right side of the castle as seen from the main street in Schwangau.
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria on the mountain behind Schwangau Village. It is the castle that is frequently called “Cinderella’s castle” because Disney used it as a model for their movie fantasy. The reality is not like Cinderella at all. It was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria who is known as Mad Ludwig. He lived in the castle only a short time before he was dethroned and sent to a sanatarium where he died mysteriously in a struggle with his therapist.
The fortress Schwangau is mentioned in historical records dating from the 12th Century. It stood high up on a rock on the site of the present 19th-century Neuschwanstein castle. Hohenschwangau castle was first mentioned in 1397 and stands on a hill below Neuschwanstein. This photograph of Hohenschwangau was taken from the balcony in the front of Neuschwanstein. The original was taken in the summer of 2011. I recently edited the image using tools from the Nik Collection and found the edited version to be outstanding. You can compare the two below. Let me know which one you like better.
In 1993 I cashed in a ton of frequent flyer miles and took my wife and daughter to Belgium and France, I worked for Agfa at the time and spent a lot of time in Antwerp. My colleagues were awesome and sent a car to Brussels Airport which took us to the best hotel in Antwerp. That night they took us out to dinner. At dinner I said that we planned to vista Bruges and Brussels but wanted to go someplace uniquely Belgium. They told us to go to the open air museum and arboretum in Bokrijk which was in the far eastern part of Belgium in the Limburg Province. It was one of the most memorable places I have ever visited,
You start your visit at a castle and wander the paths through Belgium History. Starting in a village with thatched huts and craftsman making chairs in the ancient style and progress through model farms and villages of the middle ages. Each village has various craft people recreating things from the period. As you walk the paths you come into a city setting that was recreated from buildings that were demolished in Brussels and Antwerp. Here you can see tinsmiths and iron workers and of course get lunch and a beer in a tavern. If you get bored with being edified you can walk through a beautiful arboretum or head back to the Castle for a fine lunch or dinner. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial gallery by clicking here.