Allgäu, Bavaria, Germany
This is NOT an official Lego site
Neuschwanstein is not my usual sort of project, since I
tend to stay away from palaces and cannon forts, and
Neuschwanstein is certainly a palace. However, she is by
most accounts the most famous and one of the most
beautiful buildings of its kind in the world!
Neuschwanstein was built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria.
Ludwig ascended to the throne of Bavaria at the age of 18
- ill-prepared to lead his nation. While he did not shirk
his duties, he hated war and the fawning attention of
politicians. He was always drawn back to the forests and
mountains near Hohenschwangau where he grew up.
mountainous area featured an important trade route from
Augsburg through the Tyrol into Italy, originally called
the Via Claudia in Roman times. The Bavarians had long
ago built a cluster of four citadels to guard this trade
route: Schwanstein at the northeast end of the Alpsee,
Frauenstein [which no longer exists] to the southwest,
and a pair of forts, Vorder- and Hinter-Hohenschwangau,
on a ridge at the east edge of the valley. King
Maximillian II, Ludwig's father, had completely rebuilt
Schwanstein from 1832-38, renaming her Schloß
Hohenschwangau, and this is where Ludwig grew up. The two
castles on the ridge were very ruinous [see below]. In
1869, 5 years after becoming king, Ludwig had the top of
the ridge blown up, lowering it about 25 feet and
constructed a road up to the top of the flattened ridge.
began the construction of Schloß Neuschwanstein, which
the young king originally named "Neue Burg
Hohenschwangau", which was to continue until Ludwig
II's untimely death in 1886. The gatehouse block was
constructed between 1869 and 1873, and there Ludwig
resided until the King's Apartments on the 3rd floor of
the "Palas" were ready in 1884. The
construction of Neuschwanstein was just one of King
Ludwig's extravagances and soon the King was borrowing
money to continue the work. His mysterious death in June
1886 ended much of the work at Neuschwanstein, with the
huge donjon and Moorish Hall never built, and the Knights'
Building never finished. A modified "Kemenate"
on the south side of the upper courtyard was built in
1890. Neuschwanstein was opened to the public just 6
weeks after the Bavarian king's death and "Ludwig's
Folly" soon became a huge tourist attraction,
currently attracting more than 6,000 visitors a day
during the summer months. I can only hope my model does
showing the ruins of the two
castles on the ridge.
courtyard with the
entrance to the Palas, Knights'
Building on the right, and
"Kemenate" on the left.
Ludwig's throne room
||The King's bedroom|
Floor Plan of Neuschwanstein
with Gatehouse Building (1) and foundation of unbuilt Keep (4)
Floor Plan of the castle with
Throneroom (11) and King's Bedroom (14)
Floor Plan of the castle
with Singer's Hall (22)
of the Lego Model under construction
To be built January - May, 2010 for BrickWorld 2010 in Wheeling, IL in June 2010
begins on January
3 with the top of the tallest tower
14, the castle is laid out...
from the semicircular entrance ramp...
way back to the end of the
famous Palas with Ludwig's throneroom.
17 work concentrates
on the entrance ramp.
28 the ramp is
pretty much done.
to start thinking about the
later that morning a lot
of progress has been made.
on the inner face of the
gatehouse has stalled...
February 4 the walkway
from the Gatehouse to the
Watch Tower is taking shape.
from the Lower to
the Upper Courtyard is
base of the unfinished
Donjon is is place.
February 14 I took a couple
of pictures from the Palas end of
progress on the mountain
as I waiting for Lego to arrive so I
could continue on the gatehouse...
|On Feb. 19,
just before Judy
and I leave for 16 days in
Florida, I updated the front...
of the beautiful
gatehouse and lower bailey.
staircase up to the inner
courtyard is complete and the
passage to the Palas appears.
from Florida, and
new Lego has arrived - and
the Gatehouse is done!
this side as well - with
the balcony fit for King Ludwig
to watch construction.
level passage from
the Watch Tower to the Palas
is coming along nicely.
get to work on the
|By Mar 18
the mountain is
done and the Palas is
later the basement
is basically done...
ground level balcony
supports shown here in detail.
Next pictures soon after
|On April 6
the first floors
of the Palas are complete...
the split will be
(so the castle can travel to
Chicago for BrickWorld!)
entrance to the
Palas is done...
continues on the
Kemenate. built after Ludwig
20 the Kemenate
is ready for a roof.
the othe side.
27 the Kemenate
off to a nice
medical & golf meeting
in Phoenix, AZ!
from the other side.
|Now on to
the Knights Hall
it's finished except for the
are now somewhat
fragmented as the castle is
in pieces so I can build better.
is almost ready
the front of the
Palas as of May 20. I'm
using stickers rather than
colored plates so the murals
can be enjoyed!
must not forget the
sculpture of Saint George on
the wall of the grand staircase.
begins on the
Palas roof with its intriging
|On May 28
major work has
been on the east end of the
|At the end
of May, the
east end is done, and
the stair tower 99%
first look at
the north side of the Palas
on the west end.
|On June 3
Judy and I
reassembled the castle.
It's 100 inches long.
minor touchups to
be done on 2 turrets.
famous view from the
south. I'll probably take final
pictures of the castle at
BrickWorld 2010 June 17-20.
castle will be in
the Ravinia Ballroom at the
Westin North Shore in
Note: For the
pictures of the completed castle, click on this link.
I've put several of the smaller elevations here so you'll have a flavor of the Lego plans. I'm sorry, but the other plans are too large to
scan and, while a considerable number of folks have bought the plans and elevations for both Lego and Minecraft projects, the interest
after more than 11 years has waned dramatically. Therefore full sets of plans are no longer available. Thanks to all the previous buyers!
|The front of the gatehouse||The view of the inside of the gatehouse||The front
of the Palas,
with the unbuilt Keep door
|The back end of the Palas|
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