The castle you see in the distance here is Neuschwanstein. More about it in a bit (in fact, we will walk all the way over to it, and get there before our number appears on the meter!). In 1832, Maximilian, Crown Prince of Bavaria (later King Maximilian II), purchased Schwanstein and comissioned some of the most famously skilled craftspeople and artisans of the day to restore and rennovate it into a stately castle for his retreat. The castle was named Hohenschwangau, which translates to "Castle of the High Swan County" (that is the castle in the foreground, to your left). Maximilian married a Prussian princess (Marie), and the King and Queen used Hohenschwangau as a vacation / retreat home. They had 2 children, Ludwig and Otto. Ludwig, being the first-born, was destined to become the next king of Bavaria.