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I live in Darlington and traveled with my family to Europe in August. One of the many sites that we visited was Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian region of Germany near the Austrian border. It was built in the 1860s by King Ludwig II, also known as Mad King Ludwig. He was only 19 at the time and loved fantasy, so he had it built to resemble medieval architecture. King Ludwig died 17 years later and the castle was still not complete. This is the castle that Disney used as a model for the Sleeping Beauty Castle. You get this spectacular view from a bridge that spans a gorge alongside the castle. Unfortunately, the castle was under a major renovation project while we were visiting but the views were still unbelievable.

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