Neuschwanstein Castle Germany

Completed in 1892, this fairy-tale castle was designed by "Mad" King Ludwig as his private retreat in the Bavarian Alps.

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Neuschwanstein Castle
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Timeline

1868
Under the direction of King Ludwig II, work begins on Neuschwanstein Castle with the clearing of its rocky perch.
Jun 1869
The access road to the castle site is completed.
5 Sep 1869
The foundation stone of Neuschwanstein Castle is laid in Bavaria. In accordance with a tradition established by King Ludwig I, it contains memorabilia including the building plan, portraits of Ludwig II and coins from his reign.
11 Jun 1872
Topping out ceremony of the Gateway Building at Neuschwanstein Castle.
Sep 1872
Construction begins on the main part of Neuschwanstein Castle, the Palas. In order to accommodate Ludwig II's desires for the throne room, the latest technology using a steel skeleton is incorporated.
1873
The Gateway Building of Neuschwanstein Castle is ready for occupation. Ludwig II lives in the upper floor when he visits the site.
29 Jan 1880
Topping out ceremony of the Palas at Neuschwanstein Castle.
1884
Interior and decoration of Neuschwanstein Castle is completed.
Aug 1886
Neuschwanstein Castle opens to public
1892
Completion of the Bower Tower and Square Tower of Neuschwanstein Castle, to more modest plans than envisioned by King Ludwig II (who had died in 1886).