In 1864, Ludwig II, King of Bavaria wrote to the composer Richard Wagner stating his intention to rebuild the old castle of his ancestors. Speaking of the location he wrote that it was, "one of the most beautiful to be found." The castle, opened to the public seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, is one of the most popular of all the palaces and castles in Europe. Every year 1.3 million people visit "the castle of the fairy-tale king." On the castle's official website (provided in both English and German) visitors follow links to discover the history of King Ludwig II, the building process, the surrounding area, and the challenges the castle faces today. Anyone with an interest in castles, Bavaria, or Germany will find this site useful and informative. The site also provides a plentitude of photos of the castle and the surrounding area, complete with detailed descriptions. In addition, the site provides quick links to other national historic sites within Germany including other castles of King Ludwig II.