The beautiful Bavarian mountains are a short train ride southeast of Munich and includes the astounding fairy-tale Neuschwanstein Castle built by King Ludwig in the late 19th century. Numerous scenic hiking trails surround the castle, believed to be the most visited scenic attraction of Germany. Young King Ludwig was a fan of contemporary 19th century opera composer Richard Wagner and many of the castle's rooms reflect input Wagner provided for the architect. Unfortunately the tragedy of Ludwig's personal life resulted in his premature death and the castle's construction being incomplete. This placed a great financial burden upon Ludwig's surviving family members who almost immediately opened the castle for public tourism.
Ludwig enjoyed his castle for only a few months, living in a handful of the completed rooms which were equipped with piped-in running water and the new (19th century) invention of electric power. Tourists visiting the Castle today see the completed floors, including the great banquet hall and residential areas of the King. Everything about the Castle and its surrounding park land appears well maintained and in great condition. This photo of Neuschwanstein was taken during my visit in July 2011.