Ludwig did not allow visitors to his castles, but after his death in 1886 the castle was opened to the public.
Since that time over 50 million people have visited the Neuschwanstein Castle.
About 1.3 million people visit annually, with up to 6,000 per day in the summer.
The palace has appeared in several movies, and was the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty Castle at Disneyland Park and for the Cinderella Castles at the Magic Kingdom and Tokyo Disneyland.
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