Architecture: A Fairy Tale Christmas

Modern Architecture, concrete and steel may have a place in our hearts but for the romantics out there, there is no better place to spend Christmas. The Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany looks as if it was built in a fantasy world. As a matter of fact it has inspired one…

Text: Mart Giatra

 

Fashion and architecture add little twists of fantasy to reality. And for those who believe that there is no room for cynicism in the year’s most romantic holiday -Valentine’s day doesn’t count, obviously- there is a place in the world where you can live your own fairy tale.

The Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, was built in the 19th century by the King Ludwig the II, in a time when castles no longer had strategical and defensive purposes, as a place where the King could find peace. Besides building a retreat for himself, the castle was also made as an homage to Richard Wagner, the celebrated composer and personal friend of Ludwig.

 

The reclusive King wished for a personal refuge and he paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and not with Bavarian public funds. Built mostly in a Romanesque Style, the effect of the Neuschwanstein is highly theatrical, both externally and internally. It is located in the Alps of Bavaria, in an idyllic landscape, on the top of a hill.

Today, the castle is one of the most popular in Europe. The fairy tale look of it inspired Walt Disney to create the Magic Kingdom, home of Sleeping Beauty. Perhaps someday, it will become the place that will house our own fairy tale Christmas…