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Neuschwanstein Castle Knights’s House Tower

This imposing tower is mostly decorative. It is attached to the Knights’s House, intended to house the men who maintained the estate and provided service to the guests and royal family. The Knights’s House was paired with the Bower, a building which was to house the women. The houses are opposite of each other over a courtyard.

The rectangular shape makes it easier to move around and observe while up on the tower, but regretfully, it is not open to visitation. It was supposed to be much more elaborately constructed but due to financial and sanity issues, it was scaled down considerably. The tower was completed in 1896, eight years after the death of King Ludwig II by drowning. He never got to see much of the castle built to completion. It is widely acknowledged that his death was not accidental due to his overwhelming debts and his stubborn refusal to stop building and start ruling.

The structure looms over the three-story Knights’s House with a massive appearance. If you were to use a CheapCaribbean promo code, you would not see anything remotely similar to this outside of the resort itself. In most parts of the Caribbean, the only tall structures are palm trees. Two other towers are taller than this one, but neither is as broad and massive. Those towers are connected to the castle while this one stands off on its own near the entrance, which is the gatehouse.

Here is a more serene analysis of the castle with some humorous anecdotes.

Neuschwanstein Castle Knight's House Tower


Marienbrucke in Pollat Gorge

When you first see the Marienbrücke (Mary’s Bridge) from the Neuschwanstein Castle, you are amazed at the little bridge nestled in the steep canyon. There are always people on the bridge and you wonder if they realize just how far up they are above the canyon floor. They look so small on the bridge but you can see them moving around, back and forth.

Another thing you wonder about is if the canyon was cut out just to make the bridge. It seems like a postcard picture to see the bridge spanning such a steep rocky gorge. When I visited the castle, I saw the bridge before I went on it and I wondered if I could make it to both the castle and the bridge. It is not a long walk and the walk itself is also a scenic stroll without too much up and down.

The only problem with going during the winter time, this was in the middle of December, is that the snowfall can make things difficult. Sometimes, the snow can get to you, in which case there are warmer trips to be taken – check out this webpage. Fortunately, the snow was intermittent and I could get both clear shots of the bridge from time to time. And of course, the bonus is that the snowfall makes the pictures look great.

This photograph was taken with a zoom lens zoomed out enough to include part of the column at the castle. The snowfall obscures the bridge a bit and you cannot see the people in this picture but they are there.

A bicycling tourist records his personal adventures both in the castle and on the bridge. No surprise, he enjoyed the view from the bridge.

Marienbrücke in Pöllat Gorge


Neuschwanstein Castle and Pöllat Gorge

Not only is the Neuschwanstein Castle a beautiful postcard photograph but so is the Pöllat Gorge next to it. This view is made possible by the famous Marienbrücke bridge, built by Maximillian II, father of Ludwig II. The bridge was built for Maximillian’s consort, Mary, whose name lends itself to the bridge, Mary’s Bridge or Marienbrücke.

You will certainly not get this kind of view if you use a Cheap Caribbean promo code to visit a luxury resort in the tropics where everything is at sea level and there is no such thing as snow. But you do get warm weather, beaches and sunny skies, unlike the bleak frigid climate that can sometimes be unbearable.

The Wartburg castle was the model for the Neuschwanstein Castle. Here is a brief overview of the place, including the gorge, based on a personal visit and his thoughts about it since then.

The gorge itself was also a well-known scenic location with its steep rocky walls and picturesque waterfall. The bridge was originally wood, but rebuilt in iron by Ludwig II as the now existing cantilever construction.

Standing here is breathtaking, as you feel suspended over a vast expanse. People with a fear of heights should *not* look over the railing as it is a long way down to the rocks below. But the bridge itself is sturdy and does not sway. Just looking at this picture made me want to grab some cheap Caribbean promo codes to visit someplace warm and balmy. In the winter time, cold winds and falling snow can make conditions rough and visibility poor.

This optimal view from the bridge makes it quite easy to take many photographs of the castle. For this picture, a wide-angle fisheye lens is used to capture the entire gorge as well as the railing.

In an 1881 letter, Ludwig II wrote, “The view from up above is enchanting, especially the view from the Marienbrücke of the castle, which will far outshine the Wartburg for all its acknowledged merits of location, architectural splendor and magnificent paintings.”

Neuschwanstein Castle and Marienbrücke


Neuschwanstein Castle

If there were ever a Christmas card picture you could take yourself, it is a wintertime photograph of the Neuschwanstein Castle while standing on the Marienbrücke Bridge (Mary’s Bridge). This picturesque and romantic castle inspired Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle. Located outside of Munich, Germany, it is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Europe.

What gives this scene the wonderful dreamy effect is the soft white snow. This would be totally impossible if you were to use CheapCaribbean promo codes to escape the cold and bask in the warmth of a tropical paradise. Lush green palm trees, warm clear water and blue sky set apart a Caribbean resort from this winter wonderland.

A nice overview was written in a paper entitled, “The Architecture and Construction of Neuschwanstein Castle” and summarizes its purpose, design and history.

Ironically, it was originally built to be a hideaway for King Ludwig II of Bavaria but the palace was not completed during his lifetime. The construction began in 1869 and was still underway when the king took up residence in 1884. He died in 1886 but the construction continued until 1892. It opened to the public in 1886 shortly after the king’s death and averages 1.3 million visitors per year.

The problem with going during the winter time, as you can see from this picture, is that there is refurbishing going on during the “off-peak” season. The scaffolding on the castle mars the photographs or makes it unique, depending on how you want to look at it. The work was due to be completed before the summer time, which is the peak season with up to 6,000 visitors per day.

It is no accident that the state of Bavaria, in which this attraction is located, is the wealthiest of all the German states.

Neuschwanstein Castle from Marienbrücke