National Geographic : 1965 Sep
Mad King's hideaway: Neuschwanstein Castle in Germany's Bavarian Alps delighted its builder, Lud wig II, who devoted his last 17 years to its construction. The 19th-century Bavarian monarch perched this castle on a rocky pedestal in the foothills of the Alps, where it overlooks Alp See and the Bavarian plain. Unofficial greeters, "sacred cows" escort the author's family through Bavaria's Garmisch-Partenkirchen. The animals graze by day in outlying meadows, spend each night in a mid-town corral, and, like India's cows, always command the right of way in the streets.