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.
I have published a few images of Neuschwanstein Castle on this blog and my commercial site. Unfortunately none of them are from the perfect angle. The best place to take a picture of this famous castle is from the middle of a wooden bridge. That is the money shot. Unfortunately when our tour got to the bridge it began to rain. This image was taken in the rain and so the sky is blah rather than blue and depth of field not as great as I would have liked. An hour earlier the sky looked like this but you can’t control the weather or in this case the tour guide..
Most people travel to this part of Bavaria to see the famous castle Neuschwanstein. We did the same and spent all of our time there. This is a lesser palace known as Schloss Hohenschwangau. Next time we will skip the
Neuschwanstein tour and spend some time inside this beautiful building and then tour the exterior of Mad Ludwig’s Castle.. It is interesting to know that neither Neuschwanstein or Schloss Hohenschwangau are considered castles but rather 19th Century Palaces although they commonly called “schlos” which is the German word for Castle.