Thursday, April 9, 2009

 /daɪˈæfənəs/ [dahy-af-uh-nuhs] Show IPA
very sheer and light; almost completely transparent or translucent.
delicately hazy.

My first thought was the castle of Neuschwanstein in Southern Germany (not far from Austria, really).

Meaning New Swan Rock this castle is a product of King Ludwig, this castle is perpetually in mist and haze, so far up in the Alps. It has inspired Walt Disney (the Disney castle is based off of Neuschwanstein). The man who commissioned the castle is an epic hero and mysterious figure in Bavarian history.
King Ludwig was the patriarch of the Bavarian state. His eccentricity bankrupted the state (as he built castles all over, among other things) but he has been loved and admired by the Bavarian people as a father figure. He was great friends with the composer Wagner, who often played concerts in one of Neuschwanstein's fantasy rooms.


  1. I love pictures like that. It's almost like it's on a cloud.

  2. Is that a real picture? It almost looks as though it's a painting. I guess that's a compliment towards the architecture and construction of the castle though. It just looks fantastical and unreal rather than what would be expected.

  3. One of the best days I ever experienced was at Neuschwanstein in the dead of winter. I was never so cold in my life, but what fun! We took a horse-drawn carriage to the crest of the hill where the castle is located and spent a heavenly day looking around. Another beautiful castle, Hohenschwangau (sp?) is located not far away. All those Wagnerian heroes and heroines are painted on murals inside these two castles. Amazing. Would love to see them again.

  4. Hi great picture. I was wondering if I could have permission to use it for an architecture project. Thanks.