Neuschwanstein Castle is a 19th-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau.
The palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as a homage to Richard Wagner. Contrary to common belief, Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and extensive borrowing.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.
Since then over 60 million people have visited. More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer.
The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle.
The normally very beautiful classical view is covered up in scaffolding. A very complex restoration process to be completed in 2013.
Neuschwanstein Castle under restoration. The left side is already renovated and the right part will be done by 2013.
this photo taken by © Thomas LeRoy 2010-2012.Nice shoot Tom..u doing good job..