The History of One Picture: Neuschwanstein Castle

Neuschwanstein Castle, Bavaria.

You may have seen this photo of the Bavarian castle Neuschwanstein a million times. The view of the castle from the Marienbrücke−Queen Mary’s Bridge over an 80-meter gorge with a waterfall−is captured in thousands of photos, posters, puzzles, mugs, mouse pads, and so on.

Marienbrucke, Bavaria.

Marienbrücke, Bavaria

Sure enough, I wanted to take some original shots, to find an unusual, undiscovered angle. For this I came to Bavaria.

We always see the results of a photographer’s work, but sometimes the history behind the taking of a photo is even more interesting than the photo itself.

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Neuschwanstein Castle: Decoration for Life

When I was preparing to visit Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles in Bavaria, I found in one of the travel blogs an impression about the former as a monument to solitude. I thought, “What a nice title for a future blog post.” It is commonly known that a proper title is already half the battle. So, I only had to go to Bavaria, take some pictures of the castle, and develop this idea.

However, when I parked at parking lot number two in the village of Schwangau at the foot of the rock on which Neuschwanstein stands and left the car, I immediately realized that my own impression of the most beautiful castle in the world would be completely different.

Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavaria, Germany.

Neuschwanstein Castle. Bavaria, Germany.

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Schweriner Schloss – Schwerin (Mecklenburg) Germany

Schwerin Castle is located in the city of Schwerin, the capital of the Bundesland of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, Germany. For centuries it was the home of the dukes and grand dukes of Mecklenburg and later Mecklenburg-Schwerin. It currently serves as the seat of the state parliament.