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“everything we hoped for”

Neuschwanstein Castle
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Yet another of the eccentric King Ludwig II's magnificently odd architectural creations.
Reviewed December 8, 2014

This is a must do if visiting this part of Germany - it is simply magical during winter covered in snow :) Recommend staying overnight in Villa JagerHaus which is right below.

1  Thank Emma M
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

To eventually visit this famous castle, even on an overcast day, we were awestruck by the beauty of the exterior and could easily see why Walt Disney was inspired to create Cinderella's castle in its image. The carriage ride that brings you close to the top is an interesting experience in itself, particularly in light of the extremely steep slope! The last half mile, which they say should only be 15 minutes, is challenging because of the extreme slope and the high altitude. In addition, the guided tour begins after you climb 200 steps (yep, 200 stone steps on spiral staircases in those gigantic towers) The tour utilizes headsets that are activated upon entering each room. Sadly, the tour moves entirely too fast to appreciate the grandeur and intricate detail of each suite.

Unfortunately, at this time of year, only 5 carriages operate. Because the horses are allowed to make only 4 trips per day, they stopped prior to the end of our tour, so we had to painstakingly descend that 2 mile hill on foot. Aching feet and shin splints made the next two days excruciatingly painful. I strongly recommend that anyone with the least bit of difficulty climbing stairs or steep slopes forgo the castle tour.

2  Thank Norma J
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

I tried to visit the castle inside but unfortunately the queue at the tickets ofiice was too long due to the pick season. So, I decided to admire the castle from Marienbrucke Bridge. The view is amazing and worth the walk. The castle looks like the one from a fairy tale, it is so true.
The way from the ticket office to the castle can be done on foot, by shuttle bus or by carriage. It is a walking distance and the landscape thru the wood is nice. The entire area is so beautiful so no regret if the castle is admire only from outside.

Thank Deliatm
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Reviewed December 7, 2014

There is no doubt that the castle itself is a beautiful sight. It's architecture is incredible.
However something I felt a little un easy about was the lack of disability access. While on the tour we were with an elderly man who found it hard to climb the stairs and there is a lot. They didn't have any tolerance to his needs and continued on as normal. There is no elevator there and it is quite fast passed.
If you struggle with stairs I would just keep this in mind.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Neuschwanstein Castle (New-swan-stone, because built on the top of the "Swan Rock", and newer than neighboring Hochenschwangau Castle) has a striking overall beauty - exterior, interior plus surrounding landscape - and it is, probably, the most beautiful inhabited castle in Europe.
It was commissioned, in 1868, by King Ludwig II of Bavaria, as an ideal theater stage for Richard Wagner's brilliant operas and it really looks like a theatrical scene with luxurious decors, illustrating Wagner's opera themes : the German national myths.
A myth is a traditional sacred story about supernatural deeds of supernatural beings, like gods and heroes. Everything here is fantastic, nothing is real. The viewer is enchanted, his reason is canceled, his sub-cortical brain layers are unleashed and he gets enslaved by beauty and almightiness. A myth is a perfect vehicle for manipulating masses and the question is : who stood
behind myths ?
Some of the national German myths are present here, in beautiful paintings, placed in the main halls of Neuschwanstein Castle : "Siegfried" (Entrance Hall and Dressing Room);
"Tristan and Isolde" (Bedroom, Dressing Room);
"Parsifal" (Throne Room, Living Room, Singers' Room);
"Minnesinger" - "Mastersingers" ((Dining Room);
"Lohengrin", the Swan Knight (Living Room)
and "Tannhauser" (Study).
The paintings' titles above are also famous titles of the brilliant and ecstatic Wagner's operas. King Ludwig II himself named Neuschwanstein Castle : the Grail Castle and the Castle of Swan Knight Lohengrin, as King Ludwig II called himself.
Now,let us conclude the overall meaning and strong points of Neuschwanstein Castle : heavenly natural beauty (breathtaking Alps, with green water lakes), superb exterior and ecstatic interior of the castle, supposed to be the décor for Wagner's ecstatic music, illustrating thrilling myths with perfect heroes and cruel gods. Probably nowhere else in the world, one could experience such an ecstatic synthesis, by : myths, music, fine arts, architecture and natural breathtaking beauty.
In one single place !
If Wagner's music could be played in the halls of the Castle, Neuschwanstein might be the most ecstatic place in the world ! An unbearable ecstasy, the "ideal" of all wizards and masters of secret societies, of all times ! Ecstasy is, they say, a "divine" state, which puts in privileged contact people and "gods"- heroes. Ecstasy is, actually, the perfect condition for manipulation.
Let's see, now, who used the huge ecstatic power of the German national myths over the masses, with an occult purpose.
Let's see who used Richard Wagner's ecstatic music, illustrating the same German national myths, for the same manipulating purpose. And let's see the purpose and the final result of that huge national manipulation.
It is common knowledge that the German national myths were used by the interwar German nationalists ruled by Hitler, as well as Wagner's operas. The problem with the interwar German nationalists was that they worshiped pagan German "gods" like Odin, the supreme god and the god of WAR. And a god of WAR "requires" mass human sacrifices in WAR. People were taught to admire national heroes like Siegfried, who killed the dragon, taught to be brave and accept "sacrifices", "for their country", and they were taught to say : "I will be as brave as Siegfried, the German hero, I will go to war for my country and, if I die in war, like a brave soldier, I will go to Valhalla, the German pagan "paradise". And they went to war (WW II), died by tens of millions, but they didn't go to "paradise" !
They didn't know that only sacrificers go to "paradise", not the sacrificed.
They weren't told the whole story, the most important and useful part of the myth, which is reserved for the Occult.
That was the biggest scam in history. One of the most monstrous, too. A monstrosity behind ecstatic beauty, behind national pagan myths and pagan religion.
Hitler and his secret societies, with warlike pagan "gods" and heroes, fooled the German people with the false promise of "victory" and "glory", while knowing that the only, real and cynical purpose of WW II was to commit human mass sacrifices in Europe.
"Glory" and "Immortality" were for those who sent them to death, not for the naïve and gullible sacrificed. Such brainless cold blood was not ever seen, on such a big scale, in the civilized Europe. Pope Benedict XVI, who lived in that interwar Germany, called the interwar German politicians : "a bunch of murderous pagans". There is a French film, a Rene Clair's masterpiece on Faust story, called "La Beaute du Diable" / "Devil's Beauty". Brilliant title ! It is exactly how Evil works : behind beauty. They control people by ecstatic beauty, canceling reason and unleashing feelings, then send people to death, using deceptive goals and promises, for the perpetuation of evil and for the benefit of the secret forces behind.
The lesson is : admire beauty, but take care of the devil behind.
Admire Neuschwanstein Castle,as an artistic beauty, but reject the politicians behind, inter- and afterwar.
Neuschwanstein Castle is an evil symbol, a pagan temple for pagan "gods",used by evil forces, to kill innocent people.
However, the Castle and the stunning landscape around should be visited, as an ultimate lesson of history. A lesson about manipulation by beauty, using deceitful form, in front of hidden evil substance, a lesson for all naïve and pure young people, the most manipulatable.
I visited Neuschwanstein Castle in summertime, but right before visit I lived an apocalyptic rain, in the castle's area. A warning from the pagan "gods" and myths ?
I rate Neuschwanstein Castle five stars, for its eclectic beauty and symbolic significance (historical, political, cultural). Looks like a German national time capsule, rather than a time bomb that once had exploded.

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