Tucked away in the southwestern corner of Bavaria, Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle, a castle of fairytales and legend. Built in the mid-19th century by the slightly insane Prince Ludwig II, Neuschwanstein Castle was built as an homage to German operatic composer Robert Wagner and as Ludwig’s refuge for peace and quiet.
Ironically, after Ludwig died mysteriously in 1886, his refuge of solitude was opened to the public, and now receives more than 1.3 million visitors a year. Though never finished, the castle is one of the most recognizable in all of Europe. In fact, if the castle looks familiar, that may be because it was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s Castle at the Disney theme parks.
After touring the castle, many visitors hike up to Mary’s Bridge, a chasm-spanning walkway that provides fantastic views and photographs of Neushwanstein. However, if you continue hiking after crossing over the bridge, you’ll find even better photo spots. It was from such an area that this photo was taken in the summer of 2006.