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.
Jäger is the German word for “hunter”although many might think it is was invented just for the movie “Pacific Rim”. This Jägerhaus or Hunter’s Lodge is a restaurant and pub at the foot of the mountain in Schwangau Bavaria on the road leading to Schloss Neuschwanstein and Schloss Hohenschwangau. Neuschwanstein, also known as Mad Ludwig’s castle was used as a model for Disney’s Cinderella Castle.
Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria Germany is the castle that Disney models for the centerpiece of their amusement parks. It is sometimes called the Fairytale castle although the life of the creator, Ludwig II was anything but a fairytale. You can buy a print of this image at my commercial site by clicking here.