Found atop a hill in southwest Germany, this Bavarian castle was commissioned by King Ludwig II in 1869 as a retreat but, sadly, he never lived to see the completion or its impact on Disney Parks around the world.

This castle is the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle in Disneyland based on Imagineer Herb Ryman’s designs. You can definitely see some of the similarities in the towers and turret shapes.

Neuschwanstein Castle as seen from Marienbrucke (St. Mary’s Bridge)

Neuschwanstein is also a featured location where a flyover of the site was filmed for Soarin’ Around the World (Disney California Adventure), Soarin’ Around the World (Epcot), and Soaring Over the Horizon (Shanghai Disneyland). This view can be seen best by hiking up the mountain past Marienbrucke.

View of Neuschwanstein Castle similar to the perspective seen during Soarin’ attractions.

One more tribute to King Ludwig’s masterpiece which can be found in Paris’ Disney Village: the King Ludwig’s Castle restaurant is a direct reference and namesake to the famed landmark.

Address: Neuschwansteinstraße 20, 87645 Schwangau, Germany
Visitor Information:
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