Neuschwanstein Castle or Magic Kingdom Castle?


001 (2)???????????????????????????????Well, the picture on the top is of the castle at Magic Kingdom and the one below it is of  Neuschwanstein Castle  in Germany, but the similarities are definitely there. I have to say that both places are magical places to visit.

As a child, King Ludwig II told his governess, “I want to remain an eternal mystery to myself and others,” and he certainly succeeded. His Bavarian government declared Ludwig II insane and deposed him in 1886. Poor Ludwig lived in his magical castle for less than a year. The day after he was deposed, he died under mysterious circumstances in Lake Starnberg, together with the psychiatrist who had declared him insane–an eternal mystery indeed! Seven days later, his castle was open to the public.

But when visiting Neuschwanstein Castle, I couldn’t help relating and feeling empathy for this crazy, romantic king. He had a dream and made it come true–  it is good to be king–until they declare you insane, that is. He had several rooms dedicated to the music of Richard Wagner, and some say they were more than just friends–but who knows for sure? All I know for certain is that the view from any room is sure to take your breath away and it does feel like a magical place.

Walt Disney is said to have patterned his castle at Disneyland, as well as the castle at Magic Kingdom, on this fairy tale castle of Neuschwanstein, and I think the photos speak for themselves. I go to Disney World http://http://http://bookit.com/us/florida/walt-disney-world/? at least once a week when I’m home and it still gives me that magical feeling when I’m there. Am I a kid at heart? Most likely I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. So sorry, I just had a John Lennon flashback! LOL! I think that Walt Disney was a dreamer in the same way that good old King Ludwig was a dreamer–not that there’s anything wrong with that. Now a Seinfeld moment, forgive me.

I guess my real point is that dreams are magical and it’s great to have dreams in our lives. Any place that gives us that sense of wonder, whether it’s a real castle, a pretend castle, or some fantastic place in nature, is something to treasure in our lives and share with our friends and family. We only have this one life and I think we owe it to ourselves to live it in the most magical way possible. What I’m trying to say is we all have our magical kingdom within us and let’s just enjoy that special place and never, ever give up on our dreams.

Thanks for stopping by and I’d love to hear your opinions on the subject of dreams and magic.




9 Responses to “Neuschwanstein Castle or Magic Kingdom Castle?”

  1. Castles, sigh! My dream vacation would be to tour the castles of Europe…to start. I’ve seen a few in England and France.

    The hubby wants to go to Disneyland again next summer. I’d rather explore the castles of Scotland. After all, I have a bunch of books that will be set in Scotland.

    Great post!!

    • brendastinnett says:

      Thanks, Collette. The castles of Scotland are definitely a must for you! We’ve been there a couple of times and it’s beautiful, but not great weather usually. We are going to the green hills of Ireland in August. In your writing, it seems as if you’ve been to Scotland! Have a great day.


      • Dawn Ireland says:


        Enjoy Ireland. It’s one of my favorite places in the world. It’s the people. They are always ready with a story or a song.

        Have a “Magical” trip!

  2. Okay, I’m ready for the SMP authors to do a castle tour after reading this! I agree, Bren … dreams are such an important part of our lives.

  3. brendastinnett says:

    Oh Lauren, wouldn’t that be a fabulous thing–like some kind of castle retreat! What a dream come true.


  4. Karen Lopp says:

    Now that’s an idea, Lauren. I’m in. And I’d love to go explore castles all over the world.

    • brendastinnett says:

      Totally, Karen. That would be such an amazing trip! All these intense, romantic people going nuts over castles!

  5. Dawn Ireland says:

    Hi Bren,

    I shared this. I agree that we need more “magic” in our lives. I’ve seen Neuschwanstein from a distance when I was in Germany, but didn’t get to visit. Poor Ludwig bankrupt his country to build his castle, which led to his death. The German people have a wonderful tourist attraction that I suspect has recouped the cost. I have to admit I like Ludwig’s castle, the flat topped castles in the major cities don’t inspire me. As for Disney, I would love to have met the man!

  6. brendastinnett says:

    Thanks, Dawn, I’m sure it will be magical in Ireland. We can never have too much magic. Just got your book written with Meggan Connors, HIGHLAND SONS. I can’t wait to read it. The first time I went to Germany I just Neuschwanstein from a distance, but there’s nothing like seeing it up close and personal. I think the people have made their money back and then some with old Ludwwig’s castle!

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