Nestled in the mountains of Bavaria, the fairy-tale castle of Neuschwanstein (New Swan Castle) stands as a king's tribute to the chivalry and magic of a mythical age.
The castle was the brainchild of Bavaria's "mad" King Ludwig Inspired by Wagner's operas, the young King Ludwig sought to recreate the legendary dreamworld of medieval knights and heroes. Accordingly,he employed scenic artists, sculptors, and stonemasons to turn that dreamworld into concrete reality .
In consultation with Wagner and various theatrical designers, plans for the castle were drawn up and the foundations laid in 1869. No expense was spared. Fourteen sculptors spent four-and-a-half years to complete the wood carvings in the king's bedroom. The floor of the throne room was composed of no fewer than 2 million stones. In all, 15 rooms were completed. Most depict scenes from the king's favorite operas-especially "Lohengrin", the "Swan Knight".
在与瓦格纳及多位剧场设计师商议后城堡的平面图得以出炉，并于1869年奠基，不惜耗费巨资将其建立起来 .14位雕刻家花了4年半的时间完成了国王卧室里的木雕品。王官的地板至少由200万块石头砌成。共建造了15个房间。多数绘画取材于国王最喜爱的歌剧场景，特别是"罗格恩林"，即“天鹅骑士" .
Like many an opera, Ludwig's life ended in tragedy. His fascination with castles led government officials to rebel. They accused him of neglecting his duty and forced him to abdicate. The following day,Ludwig was found drowned in six inches of water. But the mad king's unfinished dream lives on-a tribute to a " once upon a time" that never was. It became everyrone's idea of a fairy tale castle, and the prototype for Disney's Castle ofthe Sleeping Beauty.