Neuschwanstein Castle is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill in southwest Bavaria. Neuschwanstein is known all over the world as a symbol of idealised romantic architecture and for the tragic story of its owner. King Ludwig II decided to build his fairytale palace because, after just two years of ruling, he had lost sovereignty in his own kingdom and withdrew into his own world of myths, legend and fairytales. Neuschwanstein is known as a castle of paradox. It was built in a time when castles were no longer necessary as strongholds, and, despite its romanticized medieval design, it is equiped with all the newest technological comforts. The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886. The palace has appeared in several movies and serves as the inspiration for Disney Castle.