The setting of Neuschwanstein could not be more idyllic. Placed in front of the Alps, Neuschwanstein is a better recreation of an ideal medieval castle but equipped with all modern technical features of the time of King Ludwig II.
For the visitors Neuschwanstein seems to be out of a fairytale. That may be one reason why Neuschwanstein is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe.
Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life - now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge.