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Hohenschwangau: Family Nest of the Fairy-Tale King

Hohenschwangau is the summer residence of the Bavarian King Maximilian II, where his son and successor, Ludwig II spent his childhood. The story of this place began in the XII century. Schwanstein fortress was in its place, where Imperial Counselor Johann von Paumgartner built the first castle, Hohenschwangau, in the XVI century. 300 years later Maximilian saw the castle ruins and decided to restore it. He ordered the design in the Neo-Gothic style to the Italian architect and theater artists Domenico Quaglio. 

The interiors of the castle are impressive. The king’s bedroom has a ceiling imitating the sky with bright shining stars. The bedroom of Ludwig II’s mother was designed in the oriental style after Maximilian made a trip to Turkey and Greece. The walls of her study are covered with frescoes depicting scenes from the life of Charles the Great.

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