The Neuschwanstein Castle, built by Ludwig II. the fairytale king, remains the biggest tourist magnet in Bavaria. The Würzburg Residence and the Imperial Castle of Nuremberg are also popular with visitors.
With almost 1.5 million guests, the attraction in 2017 once again recorded an increase of 3.1 percent over the previous year. This was announced by the Ministry of Finance in Munich on Monday. Last year, a total of more than five million visitors visited the state-owned castles, palaces and residences.
Bavaria's Minister of Finance Markus Söder (CSU) announced that Neuschwanstein will be heavily restored so that it can continue to withstand the onslaught. As part of the first comprehensive refurbishment since the palace was built, the stately rooms would be refurbished at a cost of 20.2 million euros and the gate construction at a cost of 1.3 million euros. The other two Ludwig castles also attracted many visitors. More than 400,000 people came to Linderhof and more than 376,000 to Herrenchiemsee.
The Munich Residence (422,047), the Würzburg Residence (344,215), Nymphenburg Palace (313,248), the Nuremberg Imperial Castle (177,328), the Walhalla Donaustauf near Regensburg (146,092) and the Hall of Liberation at Kelheim (102,622) are also major attractions for visitors. Since the opening of Germany's first 'Burg Erlebnismuseum' in the summer, Cadolzburg Castle near Fürth has also attracted 50,000 visitors.
The next major event this year, in which the palace administration celebrates its 100th anniversary, will be the reopening of the Margravial Opera House in Bayreuth. The Bavarian state invested 29.6 million euros in the renovation of the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.
In June, a large museum will be reopened with the 'Königsbau' of the Munich Residence. In five completely new exhibition areas, the riches of the porcelain and silver chambers as well as the works of miniature painting will tell the story of events from four centuries of Bavarian history.