Schloss Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Deutschland

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Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced [nɔʏˈʃvaːnʃtaɪn], English: New Swanstone Castle) is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, not with Bavarian public funds (see below). The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. Since then over 60 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty's Castle and later, similar structures.

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Comments (12)

Paolo Savigni on August 6, 2013

Very impressive this shot of the castle, with low clouds that surround it.
Greetings from Ravenna, Paolo

Francisco González M… on August 6, 2013

Magnífico ejemplar de castillo y muy buena foto.



erika kluck_views?_n… on August 7, 2013

The ghosts are coming soon;)Fantastic shot from a globetrotter.LIKE. Best wishes, Erika

Drema Swader on August 12, 2013

David, love this shot with all the mist and fog! Just goes to show once again that you don't always need blue and sunny skies to get good pictures!

davidcmc58 on August 12, 2013

Paolo, Francisco, erika and Drema, thank you all very much for your kind words and visit. Schloss Neuschwanstein is a world famous castle that many many beautiful photos of it have been taken. When I went there the weather wasn't great so I just tried my best for a "different shot". Best regards everyone, David.

Drema Swader on August 13, 2013

Well, it worked! :) I am familiar with this castle and hope to get there myself some day. I am aware of the plethora of photos that exist for this landmark. We've had discussions before on the forum about shooting over-photographed places, and I defended the practice. Your shot is one of the better ones and shows that you can get good and unique shots of even over-photographed places.

davidcmc58 on August 14, 2013

Drema, appreciate your encouragement and I do agree with you that taking photos of famous places are just fine. When I do spend the money and time to travel, I prefer to visit the more famous places anyway. They tend to be prettier and more interesting.

christian caffin on August 14, 2013

What a great fairy tale castle! Thanks for sharing! Cheers, Christian

GyurIca on August 19, 2013

Mysterious photo of a magnificent castle.


Best regards,


Antal Julianna Bohun… on August 28, 2013

This too superb!Like. Greetings,Julianna

klaus040-panoramio s… on October 31, 2013

The light may not be good, but for that your photo David. This composition fits to the mysterious history of this castle. I love it: L!

Greetings from Germany, Klaus

davidcmc58 on October 31, 2013

christian caffin,GyurIca,antal,Klaus, much thanks for all you guys' fine comments. I really appreciate that very much. Greetings to all, David.

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  • Uploaded on August 5, 2013
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    by davidcmc58
    • Camera: Canon EOS REBEL T1i
    • Taken on 2013/06/03 03:33:56
    • Exposure: 0.013s (1/80)
    • Focal Length: 106.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash