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The castle of Neuschwanstein is the creation of King Luis II of Baviera, who had risen to the throne in 1864 when he was 18 years old. It began his construction in 1869, on a craggy rock over the lake Alpsee and the cataract of the gorge Pöllat, in the place of the ruins of Vorder-und Hinterhohenschwangau, in typical style of medieval castle.
Like in all his other works, the project was born of his imagination and although it was constructed by a group of architects, the king supervised on foot of work the long process, introducing one and thousand changes as it was growing.

At the age of 18, the educated and good-looking prince rose to the throne of Baviera as Luis II acclaimed by his subjects. To the 40 it was already fat and he was living imprisoned in his fantastic castles. A few days, after declaring itself crazy and incompetent, he died drowned.
The lake of Starnberger, to the south of Múnich, is where the last chapter of this trip is located for the places joined Luis II. In his waters it perished of form still not clarified on June 13, 1886, days after being declared incapacitated to govern Baviera. The most romantic version of the event makes sure that the king wanted to escape of his committal. Since he was a notable swimmer, he tried to flee by swimming up to a nearby point where he was waited with a carriage by his cousin Sissí, accomplice and secret lover.

This monumental work by which Walt Disney was inspired to create the castle of The Beautiful Sleeping one is worth it.

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Additional Photos by Charo Parras (Charo) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5148 W: 58 N: 12127] (51210)
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