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by Gottfried Knapp

photography by Achim Bunz

translated by Ilze Klavina

Reviewed April 20, 2004.
Edition Axel Menges, Stuttgart, 1999.  60 pages. 
Available at Sembach Library (914.3 KNA).

This is a souvenir book, but it’s a nice one.  Text is presented in both German and English, with the English a bit stiff since it’s a translation, but still informative.  It tells the story of King Ludwig and the story of the fairy-tale castle he built, with an emphasis on the architectural details.  I hadn’t realized that Neuschwanstein was a feat of engineering in its time, since the location was so inaccessible.  Besides a breathtaking view in every direction, it also boasted modern service facilities and hot and cold running water.

Of course, the most wonderful part of this book is the selection of large, stunning photographs of the magic castle of Neuschwanstein, both inside and out.  Truly Neuschwanstein is the most photogenic castle in the world, and Achim Bunz does it justice.  My only complaint is that I would like even more photographs, but the many that are included are all magnificent.

This is a wonderful book to read and look through before or after a trip to Neuschwanstein.  Once you’ve been, it will also make a memorable souvenir keepsake. 

Copyright © 2004 Sondra Eklund.  All rights reserved.

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