The Real Disney Castle- Germany

The final stop was Füssen, Germany. All just to visit a castle. Why this castle? The Neuschwanstein. First: It’s the castle the Disney Castle is modeled is after, if you haven’t already deduced that from the title of the post. Second: I was told by several people who’ve been to Germany that going to a castle in the woods and mountains is a must. Third: My mom went to the castle when she studied abroad as a student.
(Still on the hunt for that picture of her and the castle, hoping she finds it and so we can compare who made the better face for the “photo opt”)
0Yes this castle is one of the biggest tourist destinations in Europe. . . and I’m just going to guess because Disney helped make it famous? Who knows. What fascinated me was the fact that it was made by King Ludwig II, who wanted to rebuild in the Old German Castle Style. The castle itself is one of the last one’s ever built; it began construction in 1869 and was completed around 1880s. It’s a prime example of Historicism, meaning to “perfect” the historical styles with the newest technological advances. The intriguing piece for me is that this was the era of rapid development in the art world and growing interest in rejecting academy in France. 1863 marked the date of Manet’s Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe which marks the beginning arguably of the modernist movement (1863-1960s). This king was doing something that was not with the changing style but wanting to keep with the “old” instead of rejecting it like Manet had begun with allowing a female nude to not have the “veil of the goddess.” She was stark naked.
That was the thing though, there was conflict with France in the second half of the century 19th century, this time resulting in a unified Germany (1871) due to the Franco-Prussian War, also known as the Franco-German War. (Which the Germans won). It would make sense to me then why this German King might want to keep to his culture more prominent. It’s been interesting to notice how German design prides itself on the “The Bauhaus” design (modernist, simple, functional, non-ornmental, etc) today developed from previously being mainly with the Romanesque style.
The Buahaus School was established in 1919 (the year WWI ended); the schools style, being modernism, epitomized what Hitler viewed as an evil threat. The school was closed in 1933. Hitler was appointed Chancellor of the German Government in 1933.
As I completed my trip in this small town in Germany, I thought to myself: What a perfect 10 day tour. My mother always explained to me that learning about the Wars in Germany while studying abroad gave her a different perspective, but I was never exactly sure about the opposite perspective. I’m still not, but I now have a better grasp on European history after seeing all these palaces, castles, paintings, buildings, sculptures, etc, etc. . .
I’ve been learning so much while being abroad and incredibly thankful for all the support back home.
Next post about Paris – (And I saw the painting above on my visit!). Also just registered for my last semester at the University of Minnesota! (As long as everything transfersssss, woes of studying abroad).

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