Neuschwanstein Castle is called "the fairytale castle for the fairytale king," by many Germans and visitors to the towering castle. This giant palace retreat was built for King Ludwig II in 1869 as a place to escape the throne-room of Munich. The shy Ludwig preferred to be alone in his castle that contained strong resemblances to Medival times in Germany, Ludwig's favorite period in history. Open Apr-mid Oct 9am-5pm; mod Oct-Mar 10am-4pm. Tours are avaliable through the castle's website (strict timings apply). Open Adult: 12€ general admission, children (18 and under) free.