The German Castle That Inspired Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

The German Castle That Inspired Disney’s ‘Sleeping Beauty’

 

Great Big Story visits Bavaria, Germany to get a closer look at the real-life fairy tale castle that inspired the classic animated Disney film, Sleeping Beauty.

“Commissioned by King Ludwig II in 1869, Neuschwanstein Castle has become a major part of our cultural history, even serving as inspiration for Walt Disney’s “Sleeping Beauty.” Adored by his people, Ludwig was nicknamed the “fairy-tale king” for his love of music, plays and fantasy. Ousted in 1886, he didn’t quite have the fairy-tale ending one might expect. Regardless, the legacy he left through his castle has inspired the imaginations of countless generations.”

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