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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».

Fairy tale 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. 

Neuschwanstein Castle in Autumn

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...

Neuschwanstein Castle in Autumn

Photo and text by Sergey Semenov, Stas Sedov

2 April 2012


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Comments




2014-07-06 13:45:16    
  5 from 5

"Wonderful place. I plan to make my love to visit there. Thanks for the beautiful images."

Laszlo Matlo, Hungary

2014-02-28 19:49:34    
  5 from 5

"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

2014-01-13 23:16:26    

"hallo
here all about Hohenschwangau area
Neuschwanstein castle
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Mary Bridge
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www.castles-neuschwanstein-hohenschwangau.blogspot.de"

Hohenschwangau Expert, Germany

2013-12-22 01:06:18    
  5 from 5

"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

2013-12-20 02:00:49    
  5 from 5

"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

2013-09-20 07:05:16    
  5 from 5

"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

2013-08-26 07:37:34    
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Alana Faber, Canada

2013-07-30 11:25:20    
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Anetagama Siswo, Indonesia

2013-06-08 21:44:01    

"this is so fantastic"

adam bartos, Hungary

2013-06-04 12:54:51    
  5 from 5

"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!!!!"

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2013-04-23 18:36:09    
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2013-03-19 01:02:43    
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2013-03-11 21:53:54    

"Germany, always captivating me from last 2 years.. Love to live in Germany.."

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2013-02-27 05:30:57    
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2013-02-06 15:28:16    

"This is extraordinary stunning view.. Thank you guys for sharing..."

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2012-12-08 15:22:00    
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"wonderfull"

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2012-09-23 03:10:28    
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"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

2012-09-03 12:29:07    
  5 from 5

"I love germany"

daniyal khani, Iran

2012-08-31 15:51:15    
  5 from 5

"thank you veryyy much."

fatemeh mousavi, Iran

2012-08-26 02:16:52    
  5 from 5

"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

2012-08-08 18:28:45    
  5 from 5

"very well captured"

Parminder Kaur, India

2012-07-31 19:04:26    
  5 from 5

"Amazing view, very nice place. I was there."

Simona Stancuta, Romania

2012-07-13 12:16:29    
  5 from 5

"J'adore! It's really really fantastic!!Thanks for presenting so excellent view."

Congxia Wang, China

2012-06-30 02:23:28    
  5 from 5

"I admire it really! A wonderful Castel and View and the narrated histories also. I am proud to visit it! that was a trip arranged by my respected chie,i am also thankful for that."

Kebede Hailu, Germany

2012-06-25 13:05:05    
  5 from 5

"The foggy one from directly above the castle is breath-taking! A perfect light and mood! I am a photgrapher myself (simontoplak.com) and live in Fuessen.I know the place well, also from the aerial view by flying with the hangglider over it. As you better should not try flying through the fog you never have the chance to get that amazing perspective. All your other pictures are also really well done!"

Simon Toplak, Germany

2012-06-19 13:31:18    
  5 from 5

"I had visited Neuschwanstein Castle when i was in Germany years ago, thatz where I fell in love with this place and my Husband (we were not married then). This place is till day my fairy tale. and thanks to Anna and team for such a wonderful view which is extremely good and brings them to life again.
-Kanchana Rathish."

Kanchana Devi, India

2012-06-13 15:38:40    
  5 from 5

"Again very good and evoking so so many fond thoughts of days that have gone by. Thank you this."

John Arthur Thomas, India

2012-05-17 04:16:22    
  5 from 5

"I visited a few years ago and although the photographs are wonderful and bring back so many memories you really have to actually be there,it is unbelievable how this castle was even built and I wonder why the King needed so many rooms!I loved the Grotto,and swans everywhere.Thanks to the photographers."

Vivien Nahmias, Israel

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2012-05-11 08:15:55    
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"it's so beautiful. thanks for sharing"

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2012-05-03 15:54:35    
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2012-05-02 22:46:52    
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2012-05-01 02:40:17    
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2012-04-25 05:39:47    

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2012-04-23 01:05:16    
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2012-04-21 13:39:56    
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2012-04-21 04:33:37    
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"In 1991, when our German-born son-in-law, our youngest daughter, and their 2 yr old Kandace, were stationed in Worms, Germany, we left Kandace and their little Yorkie with her grandmother in Landshut and our kids took us to visit this castle. We walked all the way up the hill and thoroughly enjoyed it. We also visited a couple of other castles built by Mad King Ludwig. Best 3 weeks of our life!"

Wilma Curtis, USA

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2012-04-19 02:57:30    
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2012-04-16 23:27:20    
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Amparo Echeverry, Colombia

2012-04-14 02:41:13    
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"beautiful pictures .hope to go there one day.
by the way what is name of the hauntingly wonderful music being played ? thank you"

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Varvara, AirPano: We are grateful for your message left. As for the music, follow this link http://www.airpano.com/FAQ.php and you'll know.

2012-04-14 01:36:37    
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"Que bonito lugar, que gran paisaje, que envidia a las personas que pueden viajar a ese lugar y mбs a los que viven en ese pueblito... :)"

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2012-04-10 21:14:06    
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2012-04-10 03:46:47    
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2012-04-09 17:14:10    
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2012-04-09 09:57:25    
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2012-04-09 09:02:47    
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2012-04-08 21:27:49    
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2012-04-07 02:46:41    
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2012-04-05 21:51:31    
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