SCHLOSS NEUSCHWANSTEIN, Neuschwanstein Castle. A 19th-century symbolic medieval knight’s castle near Fuessen in southwest Bavaria. Not far from the border with Austria.
It replaced the ruins of two castles and was built for Ludwig II of Bavaria, ‘der Maerchenkoenig’, the Fairy tale King, although he had only stayed in it for a few days, and it was incomplete, when he died.
An inspiration for Disney castles, and star of several movies, in April 2002 a meteorite reached earth in three fragments, totaling almost 14 lbs, at the nearby Austrian border, and was also named Neuschwanstein after the palace.
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MARKSBURG, a fortress above Braubach in Rhineland-Palatinate, western Germany.
Unlike all the other medieval castles on the Middle Rhine Marksburg was never destroyed, so needed to be rebuilt. One of the UNESCO World Heritage Rhine Gorge main sites, the castle was not used as a residence for royal families but as protection for the town of Braubach and its surroundings.
A Renaissance style palace built in 1589, on the site of a former castle dating from 1219, as a residence for the Dukes of Mecklenburg. The Renaissance garden was added in the late 20th century, and was based on descriptions found in old engravings.
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