The castle of Neuschwanstein lies in a idyllic place and was built in 1868 by the shy King Ludwig II in order to withdraw from public life. In 1886, seven weeks after the death of the King, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. It can be considered one of the most visited castles in Europe, has been proposed for the seven wonders of the modern world and has inspired the castles of Walt Disney fairy tales.
The Hohenschwangau Castle was a medieval fortress owned by the knights of Schwangau until the 16th century. Partially destroyed because of wars, it was rebuilt in neo-gothic style by Crownprince Maximilian of Bavaria in 1836. Later it was one of the summer residences for the Bavarian royal family.