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The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886 Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle.More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer. The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland’s Sleeping Beauty Castle and later, similar structures.
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