Schloß (Palace) NeuschwansteinOnce upon a time...
This page is dedicated to the Schloß Neuschwanstein, built by Bavaria's König Ludwig II. This page may expand with more information and more pictures as I find or receive them.
A Brief History
The foundation stone for the castle was laid on September 5, 1869 at the behest of King Ludwig II. of Bayern (Bavaria, southern Germany.) Ludwig's personal desire for isolation reflected on his political attitude, which was not well-received with the Bavarian government. He was dethroned on June 8, 1886 on grounds of supposed insanity. The second attempt to arrest him succeeded four days later on the 12th. On the 13th he and his doctor were found dead in Lake Starnberg. Suicide? Murder? Assassination? The mystery was never solved.
``In ignorance of the true facts of the case, it is always stated that Ludwig II. had wasted the state's money and taxes for the building of his castles. It is even suggested that he brought the country to the edge of bankruptcy. However, the true facts are such that the King only used money from his own privy purse (that is, from his own personal fortune) and from the Civil List (his ``salary'' as Monarch of a country.)
The castle was reopened to the public on August 1, 1886, less than two months after the king's death, but it was never completed. The castle remains today in the possession of the family of King Ludwig. They own the copyrights to the truly fabulous artworks (such as pictures) housed within the castle walls, which is why they do not allow cameras to be used inside.
This image gallery has been greatly enhanced as of 13-Nov-1997. The images are presented in increasing order of download time, and are annotated with actual size, dimensions, and image type. Clicking on any of the images will start the download.
I hope to make some more images available in the future and provide larger (and higher quality) versions of the smaller images. Numbers in square brackets refer to the acknowledgments section below.
AcknowledgmentsThe following numbers are referenced by the images above:
I would like to thank all those who enjoy this page and emailed me to say 'thanks'. Keep the emails coming, but I apologize in advance that I will probably not have the time to reply. Cheers!
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