Download a larger image of Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria, Germany and share the photo with your class. Then discuss the following:

  • Neuschwanstein Castle was built by Ludwig II, King of Bavaria in tribute to Richard Wagner. Play some Wagnerian music. Make sketches as you listen. What images does the music bring to mind? In what ways does the music connect with the image of the castle?
  • Think of someone you greatly admire. How would you design a building in their honor?
  • You awake one morning to find yourself trapped in a room at the top of the highest tower. How did you get there and how will you escape?

  • You are a movie writer and have been told to write a script that has the castle as the setting. Who would be the two main characters? What challenge or conflict would they face in your movie?