Virtual Tour over Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany • 360° Aerial Panorama
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Germany is the land of fairy tales that gave the world Wilhelm Hauff and The Brothers Grimm, for example. Germany is also home to the most magical castle on the planet, Neuschwanstein Castle, the name of which translates as «The New Swan Cliff». It was built in the second half of the nineteenth century by Ludwig II of Bavaria, or as they called him, «The Fairy-Tale King».
Ludwig II holds a special place amongst other German rulers. What set him apart from his stringent and warrior-like predecessors was his romanticism and dreamy character, so much so that he channelled all of his statesman's passion (alongside with state funds) towards making his dreams come true, dreams of magical countries populated by fairy-tale creatures.
Disillusioned by the daily routines of Munich, Ludwig II was not interested in its problems. Instead, day by day he became more and more submerged in his own dream world. This gave the world several castles — Herrenchiemsee, Linderhof and Neuschwanstein, each one is a masterpiece of world architecture, enchanting us with its weightlessness and fairy-tale silhouettes with magnificent mountains as a backdrop.
Wartburg Castle was chosen as the model for Neuschwanstein as it is the only remaining castle from the feudal period in Bavaria. Ludwig the II's creation surpassed the original. At the time the King was very deeply moved by Richard Wagner's opera «Lohengrin», he saw himself in the opera's main character, the noble white swan-knight, a fairy-tale hero of the ancient legends. And with the help of architects he created his own «Swan Castle».
The walls of the castle depict the magical world of «The Song of The Nibelungs» («Nibelungenlied»), medieval legends of Przival, Lohengrin and Tannhäuser, The Holy Grail, Tristan and Isolde... The masters spent a long time working very carefully on every hall and every panel painting, with every detail a true masterpiece. This is also the reason why the building work took so long and failed to reach completion even in Ludwig's lifetime. As an example, the wood carving in one bedroom took 14 carpenters 4 and a half years.
Yet the King had the incredible ability to combine fantasies with reality, and despite the castle's heavenly appearance, it was equipped with all the modern technology of its time. The rooms in the royal residence were fitted with hot air central heating, toilets were equipped with an automatic flushing system, electric bells were in place to summon servants and some floors even had telephones!
Neuschwanstein is first and foremost a true fairy tale made of stone. It became the prototype for the Sleeping Beauty castle in Disneyland Paris and a source of inspiration for Tchaikovsky's ballet «The Swan Lake». But in the end it drove the King insane, and instead of attending to the urgent duties of his country as a ruler, he went on expeditions, following the footsteps of Wilhelm Tell or had dinner with the spirit of Louis XIV. Night became day and day became night for Ludwig II and for that he was nicknamed The Moon King.
According to Bavarian law a king can be removed from power if found unfit to govern. It is not surprising then that eventually (in 1886) he was deposed. He was transported to the Berg Castle and died the next day in a lake under mysterious circumstances together, with the psychiatrist who diagnosed him as insane. These mysterious events have contributed to the intriguing image of the castle. Just two months after the King's death, the unfinished Neuschwanstein was open to visitors!
And it was the right thing to do. No stories or photos of Neuschwanstein can possibly depict its beauty. Once you have admired our aerial panoramas, we strongly recommend you see the fairy tale for yourself. Getting to Neuschwanstein Castle: there are trains and taxis available from nearby towns.
There are several other famous castles in the area surrounding Neuschwanstein, namely Hohenschwangau, Füssen and Schwangau. For the convenience of tourists, a special "romantic road" was created (Romantikstrasse), a special tour popular with visitors to Bavaria. The surrounding area also boasts ski slopes and special lifts to take skiers and tourists to the top of the Tegelberg Mountain. In general, even a whole day is not enough to fully enjoy the beauty and diversity of this place.
And now Sergey Semenov and Stas Sedov speak. They will tell us abour their trip to Neuschwanstein Castle.
This four-day trip had only one purpose — to shoot the famous Bavarian castle surrounded by colorful autumn trees. We waited for the precise moment, when leaves turn red, green and orange for the short period of time.
Technically the photo shoot of this type shouldn't take more than two days. However, we decided to give it some extra time... As it turned out, it was a wise decision. Mountains stay mountains (even if it's just low foothills of Alps in Southern Bavaria), so the weather is rather unpredictable there. It is also worth mentioning, that the only time when the castle is perfectly lit for the photo is that short 30-minutes window in the morning. Afterwards the sun travels leaving only the sidewall of the castle in light.
We arrived. But apparently the weather didn't want to cooperate. Day one — it was raining all day; photo shoot was canceled. Day two — the same thing.
On the third day the weather tricked us again. The thick fog covered everything from the very morning. Regardless, we were full of optimism, so we climbed the mountain above the castle, and then descended into the valley, hoping to find a clearing. No luck. Finally after three hours of waiting we decided to shoot the castle at any cost.
However, there are no good shooting spots when the visibility is 30-40 meters. Except for one — right from the center of the castle! Although it's rather risky to fly and shoot in the castle...
Anyhow, we took our chance. Thank God that all the tourists were asleep at such an early hour. The take-off was very difficult due to heavy fog, which was in reality 100% humidity. It condensed large drops of water on the equipment, so we had to be quick. There was no time to go back and correct mistakes.
Our RC helicopter took off and quickly disappeared into the fog. All we had was the screen of our laptop with blinking control lights and short beeps of the height sensor in Stas's headphones. The time passed very slowly.
In a few minutes, here it was — our helicopter returned from the white foam of the fog, all wet, as if it was in a shower. Everything was covered with large drops of water: the helicopter, the camera, and the lens. Nevertheless, the equipment did its job just fine, and we immediately returned to our hotel room to dry it.
So this is the story of shooting this spherical panorama.
We spent the following day waiting, and only on the forth day did nature smile at us. The weather was wonderful and we shot, and shot, and shot...
2 April 2012
"Wonderful place. I plan to make my love to visit there. Thanks for the beautiful images."
Laszlo Matlo, Hungary
"DESPUES DE NEUSCHWANSTEIN LAS PIRAMIDES DE EGIPTO
Y LOS MOAIS DE PASCUA ES MI PREFERENCIA Y NO POR NACER EN BAVIERA (CAPRICHO DE MI DESTINO )"
MANFRED KERN, Chile
"Muchas Gracias por estas panуramicas de Excelencia! Es como que estamos viajando a esos lugares y eso es imposible por los costos. Nuevamente Gracias Millares!"
MARTHA nORA gUZMAN, Argentina
stefan dibdak, Czech Republic
"My late wife was from Donauworth, Germany and we visited family there and in Munich a few times. Visited almost every castle in that area at one time or another. They are beautiful. Visited a Monastary in that area also, also the walled city."
Richard Lapine, USA
"We visited all of Ludwigs castles in the 70's, but this was my favorite. It is as beautiful as the pictures and I would love to go back!!"
Janis Williamson, USA
here all about Hohenschwangau area
Hohenschwangau Expert, Germany
"We have taken our family to visit the splendid sights of Germany on a couple of occasions. These fairytale castles of King Ludwig II are absolutely spectacular. It is believed that Ludwig's death was no accident as he was understood to be as mad as a hatter expending countless millions on his castles. It cannot be denied he had a great eye for beauty but his extravagance met with resistance. His love of the music of Richard Wagner (and very likely his love for the composer himself) was evident where he built the beautiful Grotto (attached to one of his other castles, Linderhoff) in which the acoustics were flawless to listen to Wagner's compositions. Unlike the incomplete Neuschwanstein, Linerhoff was fully completed and is spectacular inside. Germany is country with so much beauty and Bavaria is one of the most spectacular areas of this lovely country."
Kathryn Byrne, Australia
"I have visited Neuschwanstein in person and loved it. This is the best possible substitute. So wonderful and shows it off as well as possible. thanks for a superb job! Randy"
Randy mith, USA
"A wonderful place. You captured the true spirit of the location. I was there the first time in 1954.My wife, Ilse and I took our four children there once again in 1971. A third visit was in 1989 with our youngest son. Aw inspiring. Thank you very much for bringing back such wonderful memories. Germany is a very beautify country. Best regards, Ed Burk"
Edwin J Burk, USA
"EN EL 2011 ESTUVE EN LOS DOS CASTILLOS.VERDADERAMENTE HERMOSOS.QUEDE ADMIRADO POR LA PASION QUE TENIA POR WAGNER,ESTE PRINCIPE.QUE MURIO TRAGICAMENTE."
MIGUEL GONDI, USA
"FANTABULOUS! SOME YEARS AGO, MY DAUGHTER WAS GIVEN A ONE-YEAR SCHOLARSHIP AS A HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR IN STUTTGART. SHE LIVED WITH A GERMAN TEACHER AND FAMILY. A TRULY WONDERFUL EXPERIENCE! DIDN'T GET HERE, BUT SAW MUCH OF THE BEAUTY! I AM IN THE PROCESS OF COMPLETING AN AMAZING PUZZLE!"
David Beale, USA
"Do you sell prints of the Neuschwanstein castle in panoramic? I'd be interested in purchasing one"
Alana Faber, Canada
"El CASTILLO DE NEUSCHWANSTEIN-GERMANY...CON NIEBLA, FABULOSO, parece un castillo de cuentos de hadas... realmente es como estar soсando...BELLO!!!SIN DUDAS"
PERLA DAGA, Argentina
"It significant moment from me at Year 2012. It's Wonderful place."
Anetagama Siswo, Indonesia
"AMAZING JOB..... i like so much ..
Who is the composer of the music ?"
Danilo Gamez, El Salvador
Varvara, AirPano: Dear Danilo, you can read how to find the author of music here: http://www.airpano.com/FAQ.php
"Just about a month ago together with my wife we visited this Bavarian splendour and we learned about tragic life of Ludwig II, the Mad King. He lived in the castle only half a year or so, and at 41 he died drowned in the lake nearby. In 2012 Bavaria Pictures produced a movie - "Ludwig II", very interesting and so tragic. This remarkable architecture of the castle, the landscape, the creek and rapids, the mountains and the dense forest are giving a mysterious atmosphere to all region of Fussen. Thank you for your pictures guys. All the best to your team."
Alex Ugron, Australia
"this is so fantastic"
adam bartos, Hungary
"I've been to bavaria but not to this castle!!!what a pity...I love to go there again..but thanks for this amazing virtual tour..I was fascinated by that! Thank you!!!!"
shiva omrani, Iran
L J, China
"Sehr gute Darstellung Photos und Texte
Das ist meine Heimat. Ich bin Mьnchner"
Gotthol Dr Tippner, Germany
"pictures would suggest. Thank you, gigi. Dolly"
Dorothy Lawrence, USA
Belinda Mace, Honduras
"Germany, always captivating me from last 2 years.. Love to live in Germany.."
Hosen Rabiul, Germany
Your work it's amazing! This website is my favorite,I have no conditions to travel so thank you by make me can travel around the world in other way. Congratulations ! :)
I'm from Brazil and I used your Neuschwantein Castle text, to my university's study.
Can I ask for a post date ? I didn't find it.
Thank you again !
Sorry about my english, I'm still leaning ! I hope you can understand me ! :)
Thank you ! In portuguese - Obrigada !"
Leticia Shimabuk, Brazil
"Beautiful! I visited this castle some years ago with my husband which now has passed away. Happy memories and yet sad."
diana vella, Malta
"This is extraordinary stunning view.. Thank you guys for sharing..."
Branko Matosevic, Croatia
rayehe hp, Iran
"We visited the Castle years ago and your pictures revived these wonderful memories. Vielen Dank"
Edward Diehl, USA
"i have never seen anything so beautiful.thank you and may god keep you safe. jeannette demers"
jeannette demers, USA
"Beautiful. We were there 2 weeks ago and gratefully we had a beautiful sunny day. Your project is amazing and it is wonderful to look at so many of the places we have travelled."
Linda Taylor, Canada
"Thank you for waiting for the weather and taking the risk to capture Neuschwanstein Castle in this stunning panoramic view! I had the blessing of visiting there in '76 which took my words and breath away...I'll never forget it!"
Donna Montgomery, Canada
"In 1996 and 1997 I had the opportunity to sing in the singers hall at the beautiful castle Neuschwanstein as Gurnemanz in 'Parsifal' and Hans Sachs in 'Meistersinger' during the Wagner festival celebrated in September. My experience is quite unique and will wear out the ears of all my grandchildren.......Thank you Koenig Ludwig und Herr Wagner...."
Greg Ryerson, Australia
"When my friend sent me the link to this site, Neuschwanstein was the first place I wanted to revisit. It has been over 40 years since I was there. Thank you for the outstanding photography that allowed me to enjoy it all again. The music was as lovely as the photography. Our planet is quite a place with many awe-inspiring locations. Keep up your good work."
Gay Lynn Greninger, USA
"I was in Bavaria during the late 60's, and had the opportunity to travel thru Hohenschwangau in early 1968. I can easily understand why Disney chose this castle as the basis for his 'fairy prince castle'. I loved Bavaria then, and wish that I could return and stay this time! I have really missed it since I had to leave in December 1969."
Jene Farmer, Canada
"Hi..I visited Germany in April 2000 coming from Holland by a train. I can't describe how much I loved this heaven on earth place. I was so impressed how could they built this castle and the other one in the same area. I loved the timber bridge between the top of mountains; the valley; the freezing cold river; the lake; the village...It was Awesome; Nice, unbelievable experience. I will come back one day .."
WAEL AL-BUSERI, Australia
"I love germany"
daniyal khani, Iran
"I visited Munich this July and was very blessed in being able to visit this Castle along with a couple others in Bavaria and I must say that it took my breath away, the view was amazing. The castle was amazing.....Your panaramic was amazing..."
Karen Kemp, Canada
"thank you veryyy much."
fatemeh mousavi, Iran
"I have been there in 1950 and again 1990.It is no doubt one of the most beautiful places in the world."
Robert Denison, USA
"We visited Castle in 1992 for second time."
Robert Denison, USA
"I was stationed in Vienna, Austria and spent severl weeks in rehab in 1950 in Garmisch-Partenkichen and one of our side trips was to this castle. This was and still is an outstanding sight. Thanks for the wonderful views."
Glenn Brunner, USA
"very well captured"
Parminder Kaur, India
"WE visited the castle in 1953 while stationed in Germany. Thanks for the wonderful revisit."
Jewell Greer, USA
"Amazing view, very nice place. I was there."
Simona Stancuta, Romania
"Stunning! Can't wait to visit in 2014"
Sandi Bonenberger, USA
"Absolutely gorgeous and amazing!!!"
Mimi Lee, USA
"I was stationed in Fussen in 1950-51 with the 70th FA Bn and visited the castle several times. Back then you could take interior pictures."
kenneth smith, USA
"My husband and I visited this castle in 1986 and Schloss Linderhof in 1990 when we were back to see the Passion Play. It is a beautiful area."
Lucy Larson, USA