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A Visit to Disneyland’s Inspiration, Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein)

For more scenes from Neuschwanstein Castle and the Disney structures it inspired, be sure to visit the Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein), Sleeping Beauty’s Castle 睡公主城堡 and Château de la Belle au bois dormant location pages.

Ludwig II, King of Bavaria, Germany, completed the privately-funded construction of Neuschwanstein Castle (Schloss Neuschwanstein) in 1892. Although originally built as a retreat for the King and an homage to composer Richard Wagner, the castle became perhaps the most iconic structure of its kind due to events on the other side of the world 60 years later.

As Disney was designing their first ever theme park, Disneyland (@disneyland), in 1955, they decided to place a castle at the park’s center. The inspiration for the new structure was Neuschwantstein Castle with a few borrowed details from Notre Dame de Paris and the Hospices de Beaune in Paris. In 1992, the company introduced a similar structure at Disneyland Paris and in 2005 built a near replica of the California castle at Hong Kong Disneyland. While more than 1.3 million people visit Neuschwanstein Castle annually, over 16 million guests see the original Sleeping Beauty Castle in Anaheim’s Disneyland Park each year.

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