The alarm went off at 5:30 this Monday morning, and we caught an early train that took us through beautiful rural areas of Munich blanketed in snow, en route to the famed Neuschwanstein Castle.
Much to Mr. Horner’s chagrin, most of us knew but one fact about the castle: It was Disney’s inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle!! (So we had a little more to learn…)
Commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, the castle was lavishly designed as a retreat for Ludwig. The king used his personal fortune to fund the palace’s construction before depleting his resources, which led to his continuous opening of new credit lines and accruing astronomical debt. Ludwig was dethroned in 1886 and died later that year, never to see the completion of Neuschwanstein. Ironically, though Neuschwanstein led to the king’s ultimate demise, today it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe, bringing Bavaria millions in revenue each year.