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Neuschwanstein Castle, located in Bavaria, Germany, is a magnificent 19th-century palace that has become one of the country’s most iconic landmarks. It was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and was designed as a retreat and homage to German composer Richard Wagner. Neuschwanstein Castle is renowned for its stunning architectural beauty and picturesque setting in the Bavarian Alps. It now, unfortunately, is also the scene of a lost life.
The New York Times is reporting that two American women (ages 21 and 22) were approached by a 30-year-old, fellow American tourist on Wednesday. The man took the women to a lesser-used hiking trail that led into a forest and toward the cliffs surrounding the castle. He then allegedly tried to sexually assault one of them. The second intervened and he pushed both of them off an approximately 150-foot cliff. Both women fell, but 21-year-old Eva Liu passed away from injuries related to the plunge. The other victim has been identified as Kelsey Chang. Both women recently graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
A manhunt ensued for the 30-year-old man. He was eventually apprehended and remains in police custody.
We visited the castle in 2017. It’s a magnificent structure overlooking a breathtaking vista, but the trails are a bit steep. It’s set up in the hills and some of the trails around it were a bit scary with the potential drop off. We stayed on paths and had a great visit, but I could see the potential risk.
Anthony’s Take: This is a sad situation. I can’t imagine being on vacation and facing a situation like this one. Hoping the family and the surviving woman find peace and the man who pushed them is doled out appropriate justice in Germany.
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