Restoration: Neuschwanstein Castle: Throne room shines in new splendor

The fairytale castle in the Allgäu is world famous. More than 150 years after the foundation stone was laid, however, the need for restoration was great.

After around five years of restoration, the world-famous throne room in King Ludwig II’s fairytale castle Neuschwanstein now shines in new splendor.

“Neuschwanstein Castle is the best-known cultural treasure of our homeland and an international tourist magnet,” said Finance and Homeland Minister Albert Füracker (CSU) during a short visit to the castle. It is the first comprehensive renovation and restoration of the state rooms since the construction of Neuschwanstein began.

Füracker said he was very pleased that the work could be completed on time for the birth of King Ludwig II. The famous monarch was born on August 25, 1845 in Munich.

Intensive work since 2017

Since 2017, intensive work has been done on the state rooms – first of all, the so-called singers’ hall was completely renovated. The labour-intensive restoration of the unique works of art includes all show, ancillary and functional rooms that are accessible to visitors, as well as the former royal apartment in the gate building.

In the course of the two-year work in the throne room, which has now largely been completed, murals, gilding and the four-meter-high chandelier, among other things, have been renovated. “During the reign of King Ludwig II, the throne room was built using the latest technical equipment, and the filigree steel construction for the throne room dome was a major innovation,” said Füracker. Only minor remaining work on the magnificent chandelier and the candelabras are not yet completed.

Closure due to Corona made the work easier

Since the palace was closed for many months during the corona pandemic, the work in the state rooms could be completed quickly and without conflicts with visitor interests. The total costs amount to around 20 million euros. The restoration of all state rooms is expected to be completed by the end of 2023.

Before the corona pandemic, Neuschwanstein was visited by millions of people every year – it is one of the world’s most famous buildings. In 2019, 1.44 million visitors came. The foundation stone for Neuschwanstein Castle was laid on September 5, 1869. One of the most important rooms in the castle is the sacred throne room. It symbolizes Ludwig II’s idea of ​​a kingship by the grace of God. Neuschwanstein Castle was opened to the public on August 1, 1886 – like the other royal castles after the death of the fairytale king Ludwig II. (dpa)

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