Neuschwanstein Castle – A brief history

The castle was built in the honor of composer Robert Wagner.  Luds loved his music and opera’s so much he became a patron and supported the dude. Ok, let’s just get it out there, he had a major crush on the guy.  That is fine if that is who you are, no one cares really but back in the day it was a bit of a scandal.  Wagner took major advantage of the King’s love for him to further his own career.   I think he was a jerk myself for leading Luds on.  Luds had the interior of the castle decorated in themes based on Wagner’s operas.  Well, that is an interesting design concept, I prefer neutrals and classicalness so you do not have a major issue reselling the place because you got too trendy or weird.  His castle, his decorating ideas, not mine.    While the castle looks medieval it was very modern inside for the times.  It had flush toilets, electricity and hot water.  Wowzah.

The castle was turned over to the Bavarian government after Bavaria became a Republic in 1918. They make a fortune off tourism to the castle.  Initially they let tourists wander willy nilly about the castle, but they would not stay off the furniture and caused way too much wear, so they put a stop to that situation.  Can you imagine if we were allowed to do this today?  One million visitors leaping into Luds bed to see what it was like to sleep like a king, or going through his fridge to look for some cheese or a good German beer.  Not a good idea.

While other cities in central Europe were damaged, the secluded location of the palace helped it survive two world wars.  Have you hiked up the hill to that castle?  Take the carriages or bus, save your lungs.  The castle was actually used as a depot for the Nazi spoils of war.  There was a lot of art stored there.  The SS almost blew up the castle to prevent it all from handling into the hands of the enemy.  What a bunch of pricks.  I don’t want anyone else to see this painting or sculpture so I will just blow it up, who cares if it was by a long-deceased master, its mine all mine, ugh.  The frenzy of the last days of the war caused the SS in charge of the castle to think of other important things, like saving their asses and they forgot to blow up the art.

Neuswanstein Castle from the bridge
The Neuschwanstein Castle gate house, Luds lived there

The Grotto in the castle.
Lud’s bedroom, where the magic never happened

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