There are countless castles around Europe but if you want to find one which has a similar appearance to those in fairy tales, Schloss Neuschwanstein must be the strongest candidate (Cinderella Castle in Euro Disney doesn’t count. In fact, Schloss Neuschwanstein is one of the castles of which it was inspired from). Built on a mountain and surrounded by a forest (albeit a small one), it provides the best backdrop for princesses, heroes, dragons, witches and wizards, etc.
Of course in reality there is no fantasy creature there and all you can find are groups of tourists. In fact we did not go inside because we missed our tour time (When you buy tickets in the ticket office in the village of Hohenschwangau, you are allocated a specific time to visit the interior) but we did go up near the castle so as to take some better pictures. The castle is truly beautiful and hopefully we will come back sooner or later to have a proper visit.
A short note about this picture: It is a good subject for HDR experiment because the castle was actually under a shadow. Therefore I have used HDR Efex Pro 2 in Nik Collection to enhance it. I also sharpened the castle a bit to make it more stand out. Hopefully it won’t look too artificial and comments from PS gurus are welcome.