Monthly Archives August 2016

Neuschwanstein: A Wagnerian Fairy Tale Castle

I recently came across a cool Tripadvisor article (via Twitter) titled 10 real places that look like they belong in fairy tales. Of the ten places listed, the only one I’ve actually been to is Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, built by Ludwig !! of Bavaria (a.k.a. “Crazy Ludwig”) in the late nineteenth century. Situated in a stunning Alpine setting, I can’t see pictures of Neuschwanstein without thinking instantly of the over-the-top music of Wagner, some of it inspired by Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Parzifal (Ludwig was a fan and patron). Heinrich von Kleist’s play about the Teutonic Knights, Das Kätchen von Heilbronn, which
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