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Construction was started by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, also known as "Mad King Ludwig". It was named after the Swan Knight, Lohengrin, of Wagner's opera, and was designed by Christian Jank. The castle is located near Hohenschwangau Castle, an older structure restored by Ludwig's father, Maximilian II of Bavaria and is the building in which Ludwig was born. Owing to his eccentricites and his perceived use of Bavarian funds (a myth, as Ludwig actually used his own money to finance the construction of the castle), Ludwig was removed from power before the castle was completed. Soon after Ludwig's mysterious death (he drowned in Lake Starnberg) in 1886, the castle and its amazing interior were opened to the public. Many tapestries and paintings depict scenes from the operas of Richard Wagner, a reflection of Ludwig's love for Wagner's work. However, many of the interior rooms remain undecorated; only 14 rooms were finished before Ludwig's death.

More practical information available on Neuschwanstein Official Homepage.

For another our photo of Neuschwanstein castle taken from different perspective go here.

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