Mysterious Neuschwanstein Castle
No other place is as charged with myths, longings and secrets as the royal Neuschwanstein Castle. The foundation stone was laid on 5 September 1869. Previously unknown photos of the construction site, intimate diary entries by the young Ludwig and unpublished descriptions by the village chronicler condense and fathom the phenomenon of Neuschwanstein. The childhood dream of a young prince becomes the most exciting building project in the world.
A castle built for just one person - Ludwig II, the fairytale king. Neuschwanstein Castle is inextricably linked with the tragic fate of the Bavarian king.
Previously unknown photos of the large construction site, intimate diary entries by the young Ludwig and unpublished descriptions by the village chronicler condense and fathom the phenomenon of Neuschwanstein. Is it the work of a wasteful madman, or the ingenious conception of a misunderstood genius? What is certain is that it is the childhood dream of a king who has fallen out of time.
"The king's sudden death has given the castle a flying start in its career as a tourist attraction," says Ludwig, Prince of Bavaria, a relative of the fairytale king. "It's a built fantasy. You're not in a house, you're in a dream."
Today it is not only a symbol of Bavaria, but a legend whose unbroken appeal reaches around the world.
Written and directed by Oliver Halmburger
Koproduktion mit BR 2019
Locations: Neuschwanstein Castle
Genre: Documentary, 45 min / 52 min
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