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Visiting Neuschwanstein - Germany's Fairy Tale Castle

Set on a hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, near Fussen in Bavaria, Germany's Neuschwanstein (meaning New Swan) Castles' setting couldn't be more idyllic. The "Fairy Tale Castle" is one of the most visited castles in Europe. Rumored to be the inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland, King Ludwig commissioned the castle to be built in 1869. Due to his perfectionism, it wasn't complete by his death in 1886. In fact, it isn't complete to this day. Some 1.4 million people visit Germany's "fairy tale castle" each year. Which is ironic because the shy King Ludwig, known as Mad King Ludwig, built the castle to retreat from public life. And now millions come to view his private refuge. We were road trippin around Europe so we had a rental car to drive from Munich to the town of Fussen. We spent the night at a hotel in the pedestrian zone of the city center called City Apart Hotel Fussen. You can also take a train to the castle …

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