The Neuschwanstein Castle is considered as the “real” Disney Castle, and it is located in Germany. Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle. Vorderhohenschwangau Castle and Hinterhohenschwangau Castle sat on a rugged hill overlooking Schwanstein Castle, two nearby lakes (Alpsee and Schwansee), and the village. The confusing result is that Hohenschwangau and Schwanstein have effectively swapped names: Hohenschwangau Castle replaced the ruins of Schwanstein Castle, and Neuschwanstein Castle replaced the ruins of the two Hohenschwangau Castles. King Ludwig II was a close personal friend of Wagner and his benefactor He even dedicated Neuschwanstein to the composer.