Just outside the town of Füssen, Germany is the world-famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Located in Southwestern Bavaria only a few short miles from the Austrian border, this nineteenth-century fairytale castle was built by “Mad” King Ludwig II. Unfortunately the eccentric monarch died (under mysterious circumstances) before ever seeing it completed. Although the exterior is done, only about 15 of the 200 rooms inside are finished. Walt Disney famously used Neuschwanstein as his inspiration for the Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland. Meanwhile, over 1.3 million tourists visit the original in Bavaria every year, making it one of Germany’s top attractions.
This photo shows the backside of Neuschwanstein Castle taken on the trek up the mountain. Although not as impressive as its entrance, it had literally just snowed and I loved the way everything looked so pristine, blanketed in white.