June 1989, Füssen, Germany
This is the most gaudy and ostentatious of the three castles built in the 19th century by the "mad" King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Ludwig oversaw the construction from the nearby castle Hohenschwangau.
Although the official story is that Ludwig died by drowning himself in the Sternberger See, some Bavarians stick to the story that a crowd of angry peasants chased him up the tower of Neuschwanstein and forced him to jump from the top to his death.
Starting after Ludwig's death, Schloß Neuschwanstein has been one of the most popular and famous tourist attractions in Germany. But be sure to arrive early. Even if you arrive at 10AM, you're likely to face a wait of two and a half hours before getting in!
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The “Romantic Road” (die Romantische Straße) is a tourist designation for the highways stretching from Würzburg in central Germany south towards Füssen. Along the way are a number of picturesque towns, castles, and churches, including some of the most popular sites in Germany. Several of the towns are still circled by walls.
Note that while Rothenburg ob der Tauber is part of the Romantic Road, it deserves an album page of its own: Rothenburg ob der tauber.