Neuschwanstein Castle is nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, Germany near the town of Füssen. Construction was started in September of 1869 commissioned by King Ludwig II. He used his own money to finance the project, but then began borrowing money from Bavaria. He would change the plans, which would delay the process. Construction was still not completed at the time of his mysterious death in 1886. Within a few weeks, the scaffolding was removed and the castle cleaned up enough to start receiving tourists, so the country could recoup some of their finances.
Opening the castle to the public was a good idea having received over 60 million visitors since, about 1.3 million per year. It is just over a 1 1/2 hour drive southwest of Munich, which is a beautiful drive through the country before you approach the majestic mountains. My favorite site along the way were the cows! Visiting this castle is on my list for 2014, since we arrived too late for tours, I still haven’t been inside. Have you been here, if so, what did you think of it?