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Culture in Germany

February 21, 2008

In 1868, King Ludwig II wrote a letter to composer Richard Wagner in which he said his new castle should be built "in the real style of the old German knights." Neuschwanstein Castle, designed by a theatrical scenery painter, was completed in the same year. The fairy tale residence later inspired Wal Disney in creating Sleeping Beauty's castle.

While the building itself replicates the 13th century Romanesque style, some of the images of the murals are based on themes from Wagnerian operas such as "Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin". The singers' hall is modelled on the banqueting hall of Wartburg Castle in Eisenach and is decorated with murals depicting, amongst other things, the Parzival legend. Neuschwanstein Castle is not a copy of a medieval castle but a characteristic example of historicism.



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