Inside Neuschwanstein Castle Photos
INSIDE NEUSCHWANSTEIN CASTLE PHOTOS: So what does it look like inside?
How could the interior of the castle possibly match the magnificence of Neuschwanstein viewed from afar?
Easily. To really find out, you’ll have to take visit yourself, but here’s a little sneak peak.
Only about 15 rooms were finished by the time of Ludwig’s death and the cancellation of the project.
And remember, Ludwig only had the chance to spend 11 nights in the castle.
But what did get finished illume the king's character better than any of his other palaces - Ludwig's loves and longings are brought to life through the murals and decorations.
German medieval legends are depicted throughout, among them stories of the Swan Knight Lohengrin.
But Neuschwanstein’s medieval appearance is only skin deep. Ludwig was an early-adopter of new-fangled gadgets and his castle is technologically way ahead of its time.
Central heating, flushing toilets, hot running water were on hand for the king who spared no expense.
Ludwig installed an electrical bell system to summon servants and his meals were raised via a lift to his dining room from the kitchen below.
There was even a telephone, but Ludwig could only call to one place, which was in the nearby village of Füssen. Phones were, after all, brand new stuff at the time.
These inside Neuschwanstein Castle photos come courtesy of the Bavarian Palace Department and one Flikr photographer who somehow got around the strict "No Photography" rule for visitors to the castle.
Enjoy the pictures and if you haven’t already decided to visit, I hope this collection inspires you to one day make the journey to Neuschwanstein.
HALL OF MAJESTY: Well, this is gotta be the best place to start.
Welcome to the Thronsaal, the Throne Room of Neuschwanstein Castle.
Highlights here include a mural of St George slaying the dragon (pictured), an intricate mosaic floor depicting a zoos worth of wildlife and a big,
bugger-off glass chandelier.
Ludwig drew inspiration from classical Byzantine churches for the hall. Its majesty indicates how Ludwig saw himself, as a king appointed by god.
The most important thing for a throne room – the throne itself – is missing. It was on order when Ludwig died and delivery was cancelled when the Bavarian parliament ordered work on the castle to stop. Pic: albany_tim
GOLDEN CORNER: Another amazing detail from the Throne Room
at Neuschwanstein. Pic: albany_tim
SWAN CENTRAL: A porcelain swan at Neuschwanstein, made at the world-renown Meissen Porzellan-Manufaktur Some say Ludwig’s obsession
with swans began when he saw Lohengrin for the first time.
Richard Wagner’s opera tells the story of the Swan Knight and his quest for the Holy Grail, a motif repeated over and over at Neuschwanstein. Pic: albany_tim
WHEN HE GOT SLEEPY: The King’s bedroom at Neuschwanstein. The bed itself
is only a single, and looks more like an altar than a place for catching some shut-eye. The wash basin to the left features swan-shaped taps.
DINE FINE: Inside the dining room. The room came equipped with an
electric bell system so Ludwig could summon servants from anywhere
in the castle. © Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
LIVING SPACE: Inside the salon at Neuschwanstein Castle.
The mural behind the sofa shows a scene from the saga of Lohengrin.
© Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
SIMPLY GRAND: The Singers’ Hall takes up the topmost floor of
Neuschwanstein Castle open to the public.
It’s one of the castle’s most important rooms and was to be used for large banquets and musical performances. Unfortunately Ludwig didn’t live long enough to see any performances here.
© Bayerische Schlösserverwaltung
GILT AND GOLD: Another view from inside the Singers’ Hall at
Neuschwanstein Castle. At 270sq m this was the biggest room in the
castle and offered stunning views over the countryside.
Take an organized tour
Want to take the hassle out of visiting Neuschwanstein? Here's an organized tour I can recommend from my booking partners at Viator.
This is the cheapest tour they offer of Neuschwanstein Castle, Ludwig's famous castle in the sky.
You’ll take a rail journey to the Bavarian Alps to discover most famous castle of them all, Schloss Neuschwanstein.
A professional guide will show you around the area’s lakes and mountains and some hilltop vantage points for awe-inspiring views of the castle.
It’s not called the “eighth wonder of the world”
for nothing you know!
(Read more about the tour)
• To see more tours of Bavaria including many which cover Schloss Linderhof, see here at Tours of Bavaria.
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