I want a castle like this one

@JudyEv (121545)
Bunbury, Australia
December 8, 2015 8:14pm CST
On our road trip through Germany, we stayed with friends in the south-western portion of Bavaria. From the Wieskirche (church in the meadow), we were driven on to Neuschwanstein Castle, which is situated on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau, which has its own lovely castle. Ludwig II of Bavaria commissioned the Romanesque palace in the 19th century. Although intended as a personal retreat, it was opened to the paying public after Ludwig's death in 1886. 1.3 million people visit annually. In the height of the tourist season there may be as many as 6,000 per day. Parking was expensive. We could have taken a ride in a wagon pulled by two strong horses, or a bus, almost up to the castle itself but we chose to walk. It was a steep climb and I found it hard going. We walked shoulder to shoulder with dozens of others to a gully so we could look back to the castle. I did wonder if there was a weight limit on the bridge. Everyone but us was busy taking selfies. Looking back across the gully to the castle, we were not surprised to learn that the castle was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle. At several different vantage points, we had stunning views over the surrounding countryside. It was a popular place for hang-gliders too. Tours of the castle were running every quarter hour or so but as it was nearing the end of a very long day, we didn't tour the castle but contented ourselves with going into the courtyard. After we had finished at the castle, we walked down to a lake and at this point we were only 700 metres from the Austrian border. Have you ever seen a castle quite as beautiful as this?
I created this video with the YouTube Slideshow Creator (http://www.youtube.com/upload)
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
9 Dec 15
I just dont want to have to clean any of them!!
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
If I could afford this, I'm sure I could afford a bevy of maids!
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@Inlemay (16489)
• South Africa
9 Dec 15
@JudyEv ha ha ha have y ou watched Downton Abbey - they are laying off the staff due to stressful times - It would have to be a VERY VERY good inheritance - but they are magnificent!!
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
@Inlemay Well in that case I'd just wave my magic wand! They don't seem to have dust over there. There is too much green grass everywhere.
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 15
That's a real fairytale castle, isn't it? Just as a metter of interest Judy, are you able to see how many people actually watch your slide show? Here's a photo of a sandcastle on the beach in Spain that I took this morning.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Dec 15
That is amazing! It must have taken hours. All those little trees. What a lovely sandcastle. Re the videos: If I go to my slideshow on YouTube I can see the number of views. I don't know my way around there very well although I can now load slideshows relatively easily. I've replied to comments. Can't work out how to get more music options so if I don't like the ones on offer I don't bother with music.
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@jaboUK (53539)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 15
@JudyEv I don't think the music is important at all. That sandcastle is great isn't it?
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• United States
10 Dec 15
Oh Wow! Now, that's a SAND CASTLE. That had to take hours on hours to build. Goodness! So detailed! Who did it? Do you know?
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@Shellyann36 (9214)
• United States
22 Dec 15
The slide show was beautiful. The view of the waterfall is something I would like to wake up to every day. Of course to own the castle would mean that I would have to have the money to hire the staff and pay for the upkeep of the manor.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
22 Dec 15
I'm glad you enjoyed the photos. It was a lovely place.
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• United States
29 Dec 15
@JudyEv I enjoyed it very much. Feel free to post as many as you want!
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
29 Dec 15
@Shellyann36 Haha. Thanks. I'm up to the end of July. Still have three months to go!
• United States
9 Dec 15
I love castles and would not have minded touring that one no matter how tired I was. My favorite castle is in Scotland, Eilean Donan. Forgive me as I am sure I mispelled Eilean.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
We went to Edinburgh Castle but not the one you mention. All castles are intriguing I think.
• United States
9 Dec 15
@JudyEv I had a friend who went to tour Edinburgh with his church several years ago. Quite lucky to get the chance to go to Scotland. I've not left the US.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
@ScribbledAdNauseum We have a son living in Ireland so there is quite a strong pull that way from time to time.
• United States
9 Dec 15
I used to take kids there. We walked along the suspension bridge, then visited the castle. One year I made the mistake of taking the kids to the castle first. They saw the bridge from the window and realized how high up the bridge was hanging. This group refused to go on the bridge. Chickens, all of them.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
Certainly you don't realise how high up the bridge is till you view it from the castle.
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• United States
10 Dec 15
@JudyEv No. It was the first and last time I took them to see the castle before the bridge.
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• Preston, England
9 Dec 15
I'd love my own castle - I would want a drawbridge, creaky door and a hunchbacked slow talking butler willing to be called Igor when I have visitors
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
I'd need a coach and four - but I wouldn't go unless there was hot water for my shower!
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• Preston, England
9 Dec 15
@JudyEv I would have all the mod cons of hot bath, swimming pool, big TV, Jacuzzi, etc.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
9 Dec 15
I bet the inside of the castle is a sight to see. I've never been in a castle or actually seen one in person.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
We didn't go inside this one but we went through another that belonged to the same emperor next day. It was pretty amazing too.
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@simone10 (21664)
• Louisville, Kentucky
13 Dec 15
@JudyEv I bet it was amazing. I can't even begin to imagine.
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@salonga (27982)
• Philippines
9 Dec 15
Thank you for the video. I am not fitted for the big castle for it is too big for me but I would love to see what is inside that castle.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
It's looks like a castle from a fairy tale doesn't it?
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@salonga (27982)
• Philippines
9 Dec 15
@JudyEv Yes it is like visiting a Disneyland.
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@T_gray (7821)
• Salina, Kansas
9 Dec 15
I lived in Germany for three years and traveled all over Europe. I was young and only remember a little but I know we saw some castles. I know it is very beautiful there. I'm jealous.....I wish I could go back as an adult
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
I always wanted to see a castle more than anything else I think. I have seen a few now. I know I'm very lucky.
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@T_gray (7821)
• Salina, Kansas
10 Dec 15
@JudyEv you are very lucky....
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@sueznewz2 (9883)
• Alicante, Spain
10 Dec 15
I visited this castle many years ago ... and loved it, it was also the one used in the film chitty bang bang, so when I was there ... we kept looking for the car... and when we got to the castle... like you we walked up that hill... there was a big model of it on the grass... we were thrilled ... and had a great day exploring the castle.... one of my alltime favourite memories....
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Dec 15
I thought it had featured in a film but I wasn't sure which one. I can imagine you have lovely memories.
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@IreneVincent (16026)
• United States
10 Dec 15
I really enjoyed looking at the youtube video. What a beautiful place. I do think that I've see this castle on Instagram under Earthpix. I see a lot of castles there but I'm pretty sure that I remember this one by name. Thank you so much for putting it here for us to see. I can't even imagine what it would have been like to have lived in a castle like that. How would you heat it? Germany is not the warmest place to live.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Dec 15
Someone else mentioned heating. Being from Australia we don't often worry about how to heat places. We do a bit but we forget about how cold these places get with snow and extreme temperatures. I'm pleased you enjoyed the slideshow.
@garymarsh6 (13647)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 15
That is so beautiful thanks for sharing with us.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
10 Dec 15
Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. And thanks for commenting on the videos. I gather I can just comment back?
@flapiz (4151)
• Australia
9 Dec 15
I haven't seen any real life castles yet. From the way you're describing it, I actually feel a yearning to see one and take selfies with it.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
We noticed dozens of people with those selfie sticks too. We kept mistaking them for tour guides.
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• United States
9 Dec 15
there is a town a few hours from us in the Blue Ridge Mountains called Alpine Helen. It is a German themed town...German bakery, restaurants, buildings are all Alpine-ish. That's the closest I'll get to Germany - but I don't need to fly to get there!
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
We have Hahndoft in Western Australia which is like that. All based on German stuff. Many Germans settled there years ago so it has strong links back to Europe.
@mom210 (6710)
• Atlanta, Georgia
9 Dec 15
I would love to do some kind of tour of castles.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
This was certainly a fairytale castle. Very beautiful.
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@ison_1 (1252)
9 Dec 15
that's a pretty stunning castle!
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
The location is to die for for starters.
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@RonElFran (893)
• Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania
9 Dec 15
I'm sure the castle looked beautiful, but can you imagine the heating bills?
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
You sound a bit like my husband. Every time I admire a house he starts looking at all the maintenance issues.
@BelleStarr (37666)
• United States
9 Dec 15
It is gorgeous, it would seem that Mad Ludwig wasn't quite that mad when it came to his castle.
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@JudyEv (121545)
• Bunbury, Australia
9 Dec 15
He didn't actually get to live in this one. The next day we went to Lindorf Castle where he did live. That was equally mind-blowing.
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@shellyjaneo (1091)
• United Kingdom
10 Dec 15
There is a castle in Wales called Castell Coch which I want to live in it looks like a fairy tale castles with turrets and all x