Against the backdrop of the snow-covered mountains the "fairy tale" Neuschwanstein Castle attracts winter travellers from around the world.
Initially built at the behest of reclusive King Ludwig II as a private retreat, Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular tourists spots in the world.
Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein) means "New Swanstone Castle" in English.
Neuschwanstein is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace built on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Fussen in southwest Bavaria, Germany.
The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner.
Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.
Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.
The palace has appeared prominently in several movies such as Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and The Great Escape and serves as the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.
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