We all know the logo shown at the beginning of Disney movies. The famous logo is of a castle with a river flowing in front of it. How was this beautiful company logo made? Walt and Lilian Disney had taken a trip to Europe where they visited Neuschwanstein Castle situated in the German Alps. The architecture of the beautiful castle inspired Walt Disney to create the castles of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty. The combination of the two reimagined castles is what we have today as Disney’s logo.
The construction of the fairytale castle began in 1869 by King Ludwig II. It was intended as a hideout rather than a real palace after being defeated in the Austro-Prussian war. It is situated on top of a hill overlooking the Hohenschwangau valley and surrounded by a beautiful landscape.
King Ludwig II was also known as the “Fairytale King.” That was because he designed it like a fairytale dream come to life. Not only the outside but even the inside of the castle is gorgeous. Every part of the interior design is covered with the King’s favorite art, poetry and writing. He also dedicated it to composer Richard Wagner. Such decorations have been described as depictions of love, repentance and salvation, poetry, lovers and kings.
Although the castle is 65,000 square feet, it was only built for the King who unfortunately died a few weeks after moving into the castle. It took a decade before the King moved into the castle and even then there are some parts which remain uncompleted up till now. The cause of King’s death is unknown. Some said it was suicide while others believed it was an assassination.
But no matter what there’s no doubt that the castle remains one of the most enchanting places to visit. The castle was opened to the public a few weeks after the King’s death. A century later Walt Disney visited the place. This was before he opened Disneyland in 1955.
The Neuschwanstein Castle remains one of the most popular tourist destination in the world with over 1.3 million visitors every year. It can be visited at any time of the year. The castle is as much stunning in the winter season as during the summer. However, the best time to travel is between April and November. Most tourists first fly to Munich. From there you can take a car, bus or go for a 40 minute walk to reach the castle.
In the words of King Ludwig II which he wrote to a friend, “The location is one of the most beautiful to be found, holy and unapproachable, a worthy temple…”