Germany’s Real-Life Disney Castle

Perched atop a forestry hill in Bavaria, Germany, is a real-life fantasy castle. Commissioned by King Ludwig II in 1869, Neuschwanstein Castle has become a major part of our cultural history, even serving as inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.”

Adored by his people, Ludwig was nicknamed the “fairy-tale king” for his love of music, plays and fantasy. Ousted in 1886, he didn’t quite have the fairy-tale ending one might expect.

Regardless, the legacy he left through his castle has inspired the imaginations of countless generations.

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