You've Got to See the Real-Life Castle Said to Have Inspired Disney's Cinderella Castle
We never knew this about the Disney World icon.
What could be more magical than Disney World's Cinderella Castle? How about the fairy-tale getaway of Neuschwanstein Castle in the Bavarian town of Füssen, Germany? Pictured above, this 19th century castle is a popular European tourist destination, that is even on the itineraries of Disney's own touring company, Adventures by Disney.
As Travel & Leisure reports, "Neuschwanstein Castle, with its white limestone façade and deep blue turrets, is rumored to be real-life inspiration for the castle in the Disney classic, Cinderella, released in 1950. The resemblance, after all, is striking."
Listed on TripAdvisor as "The Disney Inspired Castle," Neuschwanstein Castle has an average 4.5-star rating out of 15,400+ reviews. On the grounds and within, there's a two-floor throne room, a walled courtyard, inner garden, and much more that visitors can experience on guided tours.
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For now, we'll stick to our Orlando vacation dreams, but we'll definitely be adding this striking masterpiece to our European bucket list. It's a small world, after all.