This is the Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World
. . . And THIS is the real Cinderella Castle-Neuschwanstein Castle
Neuschwanstein Castle was built in the 1880's. King Ludwig II of Bavaria comissioned it in honor of his friend Richard Wagner. It was designed by a famous set designer, not an architect which explains why it has such a fantasy type look to it. Ironically, King Ludwig only lived there about 162 days. He was labeled insane and then found a few days later, dead in a lake with his psychiatrist. The deaths are still a mystery to this day, but it's supposed that his death was part of a coup.
Only a third of the rooms were completed and within a few weeks of Ludwig's death, the castle became a museum and has been one ever since.
Our first glimpse of the castle!
On our day off, we took a half day trip to the castle and we were glad we did. Although it was a little chaotic at times (try organizing a trip for 50 plus parents and kids!) the scenary was beautiful and it's always nice to see a famous landmark.
Pictures weren't aloud within the castle, but I did sneak this one of Renae climbing the princess steps in one of the towers.
The castle kitchen . . . can you even imagine?
Walking down the long road to the buses.