2. Neuschwanstein Castle
The great Romantic legacy of Bavarian king Ludwig II still stands tall on the precipitous ridges of the German Alps; a testimony to the fairy-tale, ethereal nature of the glacier-topped, craggy landscape in which it sits. Hailed by many as the single most breathtaking castle structure on the planet, Neuschwanstein can be found perched above the small and charming town of Hohenschwangau. Its countless turrets and keeps, flying buttresses and creaking drawbridges make it easy to see why the complex inspired both Walt Disney and J K Rowling, while inside it’s possible to uncover a glimpse of the opulence and extravagance enjoyed by arguably Bavaria’s most famous monarch.