Neuschwanstein Castle - Germany
The Neuschwanstein Castle was built in 1866 by the shy King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat away from public life. King Ludwig died before the completion of the castle in 1892. 1.4 million people visit the castle every year, making it one of the most visited castles or palaces in Europe. Neuschwanstein translates to "new swan stone." The swan was an emblem of the king. The castle was designed to have 200 rooms, but only 14 rooms were finished. The castle is believed to be the inspiration for Disney's Cinderella Castle and Sleeping Beauty Castle.