Beer, clocks, castles and plays – Bavaria has it all

It has also incorporated a lot of new technology for that period – telephone lines (you must check out the gigantic phone in one of the rooms), a battery-powered bell-system, central heating, running warm water and automatic flush toilets, among others.


A tour of the rooms is well worth it. The detailing (a lot of which is dedicated to scenes from Wagner’s compositions) and the finishing are just astounding.


The king was actually deposed on the pretext of his alleged insanity, and supposedly committed suicide in 1886 (he was a good swimmer, but apparently drowned). He had only slept 11 nights in his masterpiece that actually sits on a rock and not the mountain proper.


However, the Romanesque Revival Neuschwanstein Castle is probably not as well-known as that imaginary theme park castle. The reclusive king (the most well-known king of Bavaria, and still much-loved) started building it in 1869 but ultimately only 15 rooms and halls were actually finished.


“Someday my prince will come,” sings Snow White. Well, there was no Snow White or Sleeping Beauty or even a prince in this historical tale of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. A castle he built to “hide in” and as homage to the composer Richard Wagner, apparently inspired Walt Disney to model Sleeping Beauty Castle after it.