Schloss Neuschwanstein, which literally means New Swan Stone Castle, is situated in Hohenschwangau, Bavaria, Germany. The cliffside castle was commissioned in 1868, but the final towers of the castle were only completed in 1892.
King Ludwig II did not live long enough to see the final Neuschwanstein. He died mysteriously in 1886. It is said that he built this castle to become his private residence after he lost his power during the Austro-Prussian war.
Inspiration for Disney Castles
Before Disneyland was built, Walt Disney and his wife traveled to Europe and visited the Neuschwanstein. Some reports show that Cinderella's castle and the Sleeping Beauty's castle were modeled after the fairytale castle in Bavaria.
The castle can be easily reached by car or public transportation (train and bus).
If you wish to travel by train from Munich, get the Deutsche Bahn Bayern day ticket. This ticket allows you to travel everywhere in Bavaria - unlimited!