The high towers of the castle are silhouetted atop a rocky wooded spur with a beautiful snow-capped mountain background. Built in the 19th century, this symbol of Romanticism was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria, and designed by the chief architect of the kingdom, Eduard Riedel. A flamboyant mix of Neo-Gothic and Late Romanesque style, it is visited annually by more than a million people, who come mainly to see the dazzling Neo-Byzantine throne hall and the rooms, each of which is richly decorated with frescoes and paintings depicting scenes from the operas of Richard Wagner. Tristan and Isolde are in the kings chamber, Siegfried is in the entrance hall, Tannhauser is in the workroom, and, of course, Lohengrin is with his swan. If at all possible, avoid visiting this magical place during the summer, when more than 6,000 tourists flock to it daily.
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