Neuschwanstein Castle is the pinnacle of fairy tale majesty. King Ludwig II confided in nineteenth century composer Richard Wagner that he wanted to retreat to something “authentic,” a home that drew inspiration from “the authentic style of the old German knights’ castles.” The royal estate was commissioned atop a rural hill that overlooked miles of tall mountains and European forest. The inside of the castle feels like entering a dream, with golden furnishings and decorations such as in the iconic throne room. The paintings take inspiration from German operas and folklore, with the designs of the castle’s banquet halls and rooms nodding back to the glories of medieval Germany. The throne room in particular nods back to the Allerheiligenhofkirche, the “Court Church of All-Saints,” as a symbol of the king’s divine right to rule.