We arrived the castle entrence at the appointed time. Following the indications at the entrance and the number assigned to each ticket, we entered the castle on time.
This beautiful castle among the hills was built in the 19th century by Ludwig II. It took 17 years to complete the construcction work. However, there's a sad story behind this beautiful castle. Ludwig II held very strong patronage to Richard Wagner, and all the interior decoration of the castle was based on stories of Wagner's operas. It is said that the reason Ludwig II built this castle was to allow the "realization" of Wagner's Lohengrin in a medieval castle... and we can see how much Ludwig II was fascinated by Wagner's music. Having a close look of the decoration, the design is really breath-taking. The saloon decorated by more than hundreds of swans is the most characteristic of all. From door handle, wall painting to porcelain, every detail is just impressive.
It's a pity that Ludwig II wasn't able to enjoy this beautiful castle. When he's still the king, he spent a fortune building this castle, to a point that he's heavily in debt. Some people claimed that he's mentally ill and forced him to resign without the diagnosis of any doctor. He went to the castle to retreat. After six month, his body was found by the lake under the castle. How did he die? It's a mystery that can never be solved. The Singer's Hall of the castle was completed the day before he died. This finely decorated musical hall with terrific acoustics was left unused until the fiftith anniversary of Wagner's death in 1933 when the first concerto was held here. Of course, all construction works were stopped after Ludwig II's death. There're still more than sisty rooms unfinished and we can only imagine how luxurious they could be.
The Singe's Hall was the last room of the route of visit. Before I stepped down the stairs I saw lots of audio guides. Then I came to understand the question that was asked when I purchased the ticket. Beside English and German guides by docents, there're also audio guides available for visitors. I regret a bit for not choosing it. Maybe the visiting experience would be nicer with the audio guide, because I wouldn't have to catch up the group just in order to listen to the explanation. If there's another chance to visit Fussen again, I definitely will spend more time here and visit both castles in town.