These maps by Randwulf are pretty detailed. His site have even more of them. Including supposedly the Hogwarts Campus from Harry Potter, but you have to email him to get them. I didn’t dare. Who knows what he might send me… Click Collections to see more than the initial ones, though only the first two collections have medieval style castles and mansions in them. Collection 4 is a trick! Don’t click it! The maps are pretty detailed. If anything they serve as a great start for your own maps. Remember; this castle isn’t technically ‘medieval’ since it was built in the late 1800’s, but hey; your players won’t notice that as they explore it.
Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of people came to view his private refuge.
Today Neuschwanstein 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”. In the summer around 6,000 visitors a day stream through rooms that were intended for a single inhabitant.
Learn more about the castle here. Maybe go visit some time?
Oh, and I’d recommend reading about the mapmaker for extra interest. I can’t find any sources online to back up his claims about being a musical child prodigy, but I’d love to hear his full story. Here’s an excerpt from his biography:
At age 18, he was presented a Presidential Award for Academic Achievement, signed by the president of the United States, and remains the only student in the history of his high school ever to be featured alone on the cover of the senior yearbook.
A Presidental Award? That sounds pretty epic to me for doing homework! Or is that something that everyone gets if they get something better than a B- in the United States of America? I’d recommend reading the full bio. I might make a campaign around this man for inspiring me. I hope he’ll continue to make maps though. They are awesome!
Again, let me emphasize how many cool maps there are on his site. Several mansions, the Black Pearl, etc etc. Unfortunately his site only has the domain name. You can’t link to anything individually. So get over there and explore! I’ve included the second (out of 6!) floor plan of one of the mansions below as a sample.
Photography: Ricardo Pineda.
Map by: Randwulf