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Subchapters in this travelogue:  Herrenchiemsee ] Neuschwanstein ] Linderhof ] Hohenschwangau ] Nymphenburg ]

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State of Bayern (Bavaria)

Die Königschlößer -- The Legacy of King Ludwig II of Bavaria

Germany

State of Bayern (Bavaria)

Funny thing about history... it has this incredible way of forgiving the transgressions of some of its grandest weirdos.

When asked about King Ludwig II, the designer of some of Bavaria's most famous landmarks,King Ludwig II of Bavaria the typical Bavarian will probably respond glowingly.  But that was not always the case.  King Ludwig II was actually a pariah in his day, a paranoid man that squandered his family fortune, took the notion of 'privacy' to disturbing extremes, and died at a young age under rather mysterious circumstances.  He had also turned from the dashing lad in this graphic to a rather hot-tempered, obese, and unpleasant man.  But given that his castles have brought millions upon millions of Euros via the tourist industry, the Bavarians have long forgiven their once reviled king.

This travelogue takes you through all of Ludwig's castles, including those he built and those he lived in.  In the former category are Linderhof, the private retreat that was actually finished in his lifetime; Neuschwanstein, that argubly inspired Walt Disney's Magic Kingdom; and Herrenchiemsee, an unfinished palace on its own island in one of Germany's largest lakes.  The later are Nymphenburg in Munich where Ludwig was born, and Hohenschwangau where he spent much of his youth.  So, read along, then join of the millions of other visitors who flock annually to upper Bavaria to see Ludwig's castles in person.  Trust me, these pictures (while awesome) don't do these magnificent structures any justice!

 
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Linderhof -- King Ludwig's private Idaho near Oberammergau, a place where King Ludwig could be alone.

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Neuschwanstein -- The Famous 'Cinderella's Castle' that inspired Walt Disney's famous Magic Kingdom.

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Hohenschwangau -- An older castle across from Neuschwanstein where Ludwig's royal ancestry lived.

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Herrenchiemsee -- The island retreat on the Chiemsee, the largest lake entirely within Germany.

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Nymphenburg, Munich -- King Ludwig's birthplace, to the northwest of the city.

This page (C) 2001-2004 Tom Galvin, with acknowledgement to Bill Hicklin who provided corrections.

Subchapters in this travelogue:  Herrenchiemsee ] Neuschwanstein ] Linderhof ] Hohenschwangau ] Nymphenburg ]

   
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