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"Hey brain stuff. Lauren vocal bomb. Here you can thank a mad bavarian king for the opening credits to every Disney movie before Walt Disney built Disneyland. He and his wife Lillian toward Europe including stop at the magnificent noise von Stein Castle in the Bavarian Alps of Germany. Disney was so impressed with the skyscraper turrets and towers of this fo romanesque structure. That he used it as the model for sleeping beauty's castle centerpiece of Disneyland and now the ubiquitous logo of Walt Disney pictures but if Disney known the real story of Nausea von Stein and it's fairy tale king an eccentric opera fan who was declared a madman before dying under mysterious circumstances says he might have chosen a different castle. Nausea von Stein. Castle is one of the most visited tourist destinations in Europe welcoming more than six six thousand visitors on busy days in the summer but the man who dreamed up the fantastic castle never intended for it to be open to the public it began as an architectural sexual love letter to the German composer. Richard Wagner and evolved into a refuge for reclusive king who slowly lost his grip on reality King Ludvig Ludvik. The second never fit the mold of stoic monarch born in eighteen forty five. He was raised in princely elegance in his father. Maximilian the seconds castle who Schwangau Schwangau. Where the young royal quote enjoyed dressing up and took pleasure in play acting? According to his mother Marie of Prussia from an early age Ludvig had a vivid imagination and flair for the dramatic how in Schwangau built in eighteen. Thirty two in the GOTHIC style was decorated with paintings drawn from Medieval Evil German legends and poetry and young Ludvig particularly identified with Luhan Green. A legendary night of the holy grail. who travelled on a boat pulled by spawns when? Maximilian the second died suddenly in eighteen. Sixty four Ludvig then. Eighteen years old was thrust into power unprepared for any serious political leadership. One of the first things Ludwik did as king was to invite his musical idol vagner to come to Munich for an opera festival wagner was also obsessed with German medieval legends and an even written opera version of Balloon Greene story in eighteen fifty wagner who was in dire financial straits eagerly accepted ludvig said vegetation and the young king became one of the composers chief patrons when they met Wagner. Didn't know what to make of the other worldly ludvig Wagner Wagner wrote. Today I was brought to him. He's unfortunately so beautiful. In Wise soulful and lordly that fear his life must fade away like a divine dream in this this base world. You cannot imagine the magic of his regard. If he remains alive it would be a great miracle. Wagner couldn't have predicted it but just two years later in eighteen sixty six Bavaria and Austria suffered a humiliating defeat to Prussia in the seven weeks war and Ludvig was stripped of all real power it was then historians believe that. Ludvig decided to retreat into a fantasy kingdom in the Alps dedicated to Wagner and alternate reality in which he could play out his operatic. Attic daydreams full of Christian Knights Magical. Swans ludvig already. Had the perfect location picked out a rocky promontory near his childhood castle with three hundred sixty degree views of Pristine Alpine Lakes lush valleys and towering peaks. He wrote a letter wagner describing his plans to build a far more ambitious ambitious version of his. Father's Sean Gal. Quote the location is one of the most beautiful to be found holy and unapproachable a worthy temple for for the divine friend who has brought salvation and true blessing to the world to bring his vision to life. ludvig enlisted a theatrical set designer and scene painter from Munich Nick named Christian young to make some appropriately dramatic drawings of the new home Schwangau as Ludwik called it. It was meant to be an idealized version of medieval castle. Missile inspired by visit to the legitimately Medieval Art Board Palace but cranked up to an eleven ludvig. Wanted two hundred well appointed rooms cavernous cavernous singers hall for Opera Performances Ornate Walled Gardens and even a nights bath akin to the ritual baths used by the knights of the Holy Grail. But rather even being a complete throwback the castle was to include the latest technological comforts including electric lighting flush toilets central heating and an electric buzzer system for summoning servants. Since the first stone of Ludvik Dream Castle was laid in eighteen sixty nine he'd written to Wagner that he hoped to move in in three years but construction was still still ongoing when Ludvig finally moved into the first completed section fifteen years later by that point the scale of the castle had been pared down significantly and the the project had taken on a distinctly coach feel looted a deeply pious Christian had begun to identify himself. More and more with the Arthurian Hero. Parsifal another night in the quest of the holy grail. In the castle a space originally planned as an audience room for receiving guests was turned into a high donned throne room without a throne instead. It's guilt walls and murals would serve as a hall of the Holy Grail. ludvig grew increasingly reclusive. He he slept during the day and wandered the castle at night it higher musicians and actors for private concerts and operas and during various snowy winters. Journey out for nighttime sleigh sleigh rides in an elaborate custom-made sleigh sometimes in medieval costume by eighteen. Eighty five the still unfinished castle had gone wildly over over budget and Ludvig had tried the patience of his foreign creditors when he couldn't repay his debts. The foreign banks seized the property and threatened to bankrupt the state of Bavaria. LUDVIG ministers largely to protect state assets accused the King of insanity and removed him from the Throne Ludvig had clearly shown some borderline align delusional behavior and his obsession with building his new Schwangau plus four other lavish personal palaces and homes was all consuming whether or not he. He had any mental disorder. That would be diagnosed by. Today's standards is still debated Ludwig's ultimate fate is also shrouded in mystery days after. Ludvig was deemed insane by the state appointed psychiatrist and locked up in a drab hassle. He was found. Dead apparently drowned in waist. Deep Water Ludwig's death at only only forty years. Old What have been ruled suicide. If not for one gruesome detail. His psychiatrist was floating dead next to him. No one knows exactly what happened. The castle was renamed noise Von Stein German for New Swan Stone. After Ludwig's death as a homage to the tragic and eccentric figure known as as the fairy tale king. Ironically the debt ridden castle opened to the public seven weeks after Ludvig step in eighteen. Eighty six has paid for itself many times over. Thanks to the one point point. Four million tourists who visit every year stays episode was written by Dave Rou and produced Taylor claim. GRAINSTUFF is production of iheartradio's. How stuff works for more on this. Lots of other mythic topics visit our home. Planet has stuff works dot com and for more podcasts. For my heart radio. visit the iheartradio. APP Apple podcasts. Or wherever you listen to your favorite shows.."