One interesting fact about Germany is that it is home to more than 150 castles. These castles used to be the home of noble families while some have been converted into hotels or restaurants, and unfortunately the rest are gradually dissolving into a state of oblivion.
The castles in Germany served as one of the main tourist attractions in the country. Aside from being the homes of kings and queens, these castles were built to guard the country against its enemies. In fact, numerous war weapons were built and stored inside the castles. The structural styles of Germany's castles are of Baroque and Renaissance.
One of the most famous castles in Germany is Neuschwanstein Castle located just above the Hohenschwangau village, in the southwest region of Bavaria. This Castle is one of the main tourist attractions in the whole of Germany. This fairy tale castle is unique for it was either constructed for defense or war nor very old. The Castle was designed by Christian Jank, a stage designer and the construction was led by the architect named Eduard Riedel. It was built in 1869 for the purpose of enjoyment and pleasure of Ludwig II of Bavaria.
The King Ludwig II of Bavaria was a fan of German composer named Richard Wagner since the interior of the Castle depicted various scenes of the operas that were composed by Wagner himself. Neuschwanstein Castle is also equipped with modern facilities such as heating system, toilets with flush, and hot and cold running water. It is believed to be the inspiration for castles in the Sleeping Beauty in Disneyland's theme park and Hong Kong Disneyland.