Random Memories of Germany-Our Favorite Castles

30 Aug

Neuschwanstein- Part 3


Judy Wills

Due to its secluded location, the palace survived the destruction of two World Wars. Until 1944, it served as a depot for Nazi plunder that was taken from France by the Reichsleiter Rosenberg Institute for the Occupied Territories, a suborganization of the Nazi Party.  The castle was used to catalogue the works of arts. (After World War II 39 photo albums were found in the palace documenting the scale of the art seizures. The albums are now stored in the United States National Archives.)

In April 1945, the SS considered blowing up the palace to prevent the building itself and the artwork it contained from falling to the enemy. The plan was not realized by the SS-Gruppenführer who had been assigned the task, however, and at the end of the war the palace was surrendered undamaged to representatives of the Allied forces. Thereafter the Bavarian archives used some of the rooms as a provisional store for salvaged archivalia, as the premises in Munich had been bombed.

Personally, I am so thankful that this wonderful castle was not destroyed.

While Neuschwanstein’s look is that of a medieval castle, it was equipped inside with state of the art technology at that time.  For example on every floor of the castle there were toilets with an automatic flushing system, as well as others – heating, etc.

The king used an electric bell system to summon his servants and adjutants. On the third and fourth floors there were even telephones. Meals did not have to be laboriously carried upstairs:  for this purpose there was a lift.

The Dining Room – Ludwig ate alone

All in all, and unfortunately, the King lived only a short time in this castle – much less than one year.

The Throne Room

My husband, Fred, tells me that in 1949, when he was just a boy, he and his family were living in Italy.  They made a trip to Germany and visited Neuschwanstein castle.  At that time, they were able to drive up the hill, right up to the “front door” of the castle.  (That isn’t allowed now – one must either walk up the hill, or be taken by a horse-drawn carriage)   Fred said that they were able to roam through the castle and investigate everywhere they wanted to go, with a guide to only point out the highlights.  That would have been a wonderful experience!  We were just thrilled, all those years later, just to have the opportunity to look through the castle with a guide and in a group.  Times have changed.

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

2 Responses to “Random Memories of Germany-Our Favorite Castles”

  1. Onisha Ellis September 2, 2020 at 10:44 pm #

    I wonder if the king realized how blessed he was to live in such beauty. Mike’s family roots are in Bavaria.


  2. divoran09 August 30, 2020 at 11:22 am #

    see you soon


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