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Neuschwanstein Castle

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Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced [ˈʃlɔs nɔʏˈʃvaːnʃtaɪn]; Southern Bavarian: Schloss Neischwanstoa) is a 19th-century historicist palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner. Ludwig chose to pay for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. Construction began in 1869, but was never fully completed.

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Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle in 2013, looking northeast
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Bavaria
Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle
Location within Bavaria
Neuschwanstein Castle is located in Germany
Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle
Location within Germany
General information
Architectural styleRomanesque Revival
LocationHohenschwangau, Germany
Coordinates47°33′27″N 10°44′58″E
Construction started5 September 1869
Completedc. 1886 (opened)
OwnerBavarian Palace Department
Design and construction
Architect(s)Eduard Riedel
Civil engineerEduard Riedel, Georg von Dollmann, Julius Hofmann
Other designersLudwig II, Christian Jank

The castle was intended as a private residence for the King, until he died in 1886. It was opened to the public shortly after his death.[1] Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle.[2] More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.[3]