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The Tragic Story of King Ludwig II and the Fairytale Castle He Built to Escape Reality – Neuschwanstein Castle

  Germany, the country with the most castles in the world, has left about 20,000 castles and ruins. In the long history of the European Middle Ages, Neuschwanstein Castle was unknown at first, but with the improvement of the aesthetics of the times, the cessation of wars, and the blessing of Disney animation inspiration, Neuschwanstein Castle located in the southwest of Bavaria, the foothills of the Alps became famous.
  The original owner of the castle was King Ludwig II of Bavaria. He loved opera and art, and forged a deep friendship with the famous composer William Richard Wagner. And the most talked about is the unlucky love of this handsome king.
  Ludwig II grew up in Hohenschwanstein, south of Neuschwanstein Castle, with his cousin Sissi. Because of getting along day and night, he developed an unusual affection for the princess, but Princess Sissi never fell in love with this nephew who was younger than himself, and married the Crown Prince of Austria at the age of 16. Little Ludwig II was forced to separate from his cousin, and he missed her more and more. He often corresponded with her and called her the person who knew him best.
  Ludwig II, who was under 20 years old, inherited the throne. He had a romantic tendency and had no intention of politics. Princess Sissi did not want to see her cousin sink, so she tried her best to promote his marriage with her sister Sophie. But in 1867, the struggling king called off the engagement two days before the wedding.
  It was also this year that Ludwig II, the loser of the Prussian-Austro-Prussian War, signed a peace treaty with Germany, turning the independent Kingdom of Bavaria into a county of the unified German Kingdom, and his status was reduced from king to princess. After that, he seldom showed up, and chose to walk at night when he went out. Some people said that the king could not break his heart because of love, and some people said that the king was not very interested in politics, and opera and art were his ways of escaping reality.
  In 1868, Ludwig II mentioned in a letter to Wagner that he hoped to build a castle exactly like the white fairy tale castle in the stage play on the ruins of the former Highland Castle.
  It cost 6.2 million marks and planned 360 rooms. Swan-shaped decorations can be seen everywhere in the castle. Looking west is the clear and tranquil Alpine lake… Neuschwanstein Castle has risen from the ground. The outer walls of the castle are made of marble and limestone, and there are opera houses, recital halls and churches inside. The chandelier in the living room weighs 2,000 kilograms and is made of brass and crystal. It is extremely luxurious, and Ludwig II continued his dream here.
  But the extravagance of the king and the luxury of the palace aroused the dissatisfaction of the minister. In the end, he was deemed mentally ill by the Bavarian State Medical Board and needed to go to Munich for treatment. In fact, the ministers conspired to take away the king’s power and force him to abdicate. In June 1886, after the 41-year-old Ludwig II inspected the construction progress of the castle for the last time, he disappeared into the night with Dr. Guden who accompanied him. Two days later, the two were found drowned in the lake west of the castle.
  After the death of Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein remained unfinished. The Bavarian royal family, which existed in name only, could not bear the huge debts, so Neuschwanstein Castle became the property of the German emperor. Seven weeks later, the castle was opened to the public at a fee, and today it is one of the most visited castles in Europe.

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