Neuschwanstein Castle near Munich, Germany, is said to be the inspiration behind the Disney castle. The resemblance, however, only exists when viewing the castle from afar, as is done here. Once inside, the castle looks and feels different, but no less grand and beautiful.
Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century castle built on a hill overlooking a small village in south-west Bavaria, around a hundred kilometres from Munich. Originally built by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and homage to the composer Richard Wagner, the castle has now become a popular tourist attraction.
Perhaps an important factor in the castle’s popularity amongst tourists is the fact that the Disney Castle is supposed to be modelled on it. Similarities certainly exist. In particular, the conical towers that are eminent in this image of Neuschwanstein Castle are also features of the Disney Castle. Whether the Disney Castle was modelled on this castle or not, there is no denying that the claim has sparked some much deserved and merited interest in this architectural marvel.