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The castle was built on the remains of the Fortress Schwanstein, dating from the 12th century. A family of Knights built and used the castle up until the 16th century, after which the castle changed hands a number of times.
Eventually the castle was bought by King Maximillian II in 1832, at which point it was in a state of disrepair. Reconstruction then began and was finished in 1837.
The castle was the childhood home of the famous King Ludwig II, and he continued to live here on and off until his death in 1... read more