Disney Ripped this off - Neuschwanstein Castle
The title is sort of clickbait admittedly, but Disney did get “inspired” by Neuschwantstein Castle.
On the way back from Italy, via the Alps - we stopped off for a “non-automotive” break at Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau, Germany.
Built by the “Mad King” (GOT reference!) King Ludwig II built this strictly because he could. He apparently almost bankrupted the country during his reign as well - having become the king at 19.
The castle itself sits way up the hill as you can see, so there are only 2 options to get to it:
2. Horse and Carriage
Well, you know how I roll…LOL! (At least on the way up)
Snow White’s Castle and Cinderella’s castle were based heavily on this style and as a result Disney still pays a licensing fee to Neuschwanstein as a result. The same thing prohibited me from taking pics inside the castle (even after paying the ticket/tour fee) which sort of sucks if you ask me.
Pretty cool stop especially for families - the tour itself was pretty quick, so don’t expect much. It’s actually not that “old” (same age as the eiffel tower) but a nice break in between countries if you happen to be driving thru.