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Last month I attended UX Munich with a few fellow Automatticians. It was the perfect opportunity to spend a couple more days in Munich (Bavaria), which I hadn’t been to before.

A few weeks in advance Lena and I had learned about this magistral castle that was just 1 hour away (thank you Cláudia!), so she joined me there and off we went; I’m so glad we got to see the beautiful Bavarian countryside. photo photo

The expectations were pretty high and we were in for a treat. You see, Schloss Neuschwanstein is a 19th century Neo-Romanesque castle commissioned by eccentric King Ludwig II as an homage to his favorite composer and friend Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the construction out of his pocket and made sure he oversaw every single detail.

While some call him the mad king, once we saw the castle and its interior we could not but appreciate the attention invested in the initial drawings, the polished architecture, the craftsmanship in all the rooms and his entire vision for this majestical project. If this doesn’t tell you much, perhaps knowing this castle is one of the most important inspirations for Disney’s castles will. photo photo photo photo

The schloss is grandiosely set on top of a mountain and it overlooks a big open field, two lakes, one river and a waterfall. Hiking to the top, the whole scenery felt magical and almost unreal. The best part though was climbing to the top of yet another mountain to go to Marienbrücke (Marie’s Bridge), aptly named after Ludwig’s mother, and see the castle with the large plain on the background.


The final shot

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13 thoughts on “Neuschwanstein

  1. vincent April 3, 2013

    Damn nice ksh! Beautiful place! Hope everything is going well… ^_____^

    1. keoshi April 3, 2013

      Thank you, vincent-san! You should take Mary there, it’s definitely one of the most amazing things I’ve even seen and experienced! All is good, hope you guys are doing great as well. :)

  2. Sheri April 3, 2013

    Great photos. Bavarian castles make me think of fairytales. I love when trees still have that snow-dusted look, and your waterfall picture looks so cool!

    1. keoshi April 3, 2013

      This is his fairytale castle and his dream — despite what people think of him, the guy had vision! Thank you, Sheri.

  3. Tiago Pereira April 3, 2013

    damn! must… schedule.. trip! :D

    small remark: you’ve got an ufo on the 7th photo ;)

    1. keoshi April 3, 2013

      Hah, indeed. Either the lens or the sensor need a thorough dust off. You can also see it on the third one, I forgot to touch up some of them.

  4. Takashi Irie April 4, 2013

    Wow, beautiful photos!! We had a great time in Munich together but the only thing I regret about the trip is not asking more about post-editing tips!

    Oh well, I’m going to bug you in SF later this year, then :)

    1. keoshi April 4, 2013

      Oh please, you should have. I completely geek out, so feel free to bug me anytime. :)

      Domo arigatō, Takashi!

  5. TravisJ April 4, 2013

    Wow these are amazing! I want to go back to Germany so bad.

    1. keoshi April 4, 2013

      Thank you so much, Travis! It’s definitely a beautiful, diverse country.

  6. @kellysteenlandt April 4, 2013

    Love these photos! I’ve been intrigued by this fairytale castle ever since I first stumbled upon a photo of it (many many years ago). When sharing you and Lena’s photos with the hubby, he almost begged me to visit this area on one of our next vacations. ;-)
    Just out of curiosity: what lens did you take on the trip (or did you use more than one for these photos)?
    I really like the post-editing you’ve done as well.

    1. keoshi April 8, 2013

      Thank you, Kelly! You have to go, it’s a must-see. Nowadays I carry around just the Canon L 35mm — beautiful glass.

  7. mute life * White fields May 14, 2013

    […] are a couple more shots from our quick trip to Neuschwanstein. We got there real early in the morning and the surrounding fields were covered with a thin layer […]

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