Disney castle,King Ludwig ..show.. snow & more

Trip Start Nov 20, 2012
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Trip End Dec 25, 2012


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Flag of Germany  , Bavaria,
Tuesday, December 11, 2012

A hearty breakfast at the Hotel Wallis could have become a all day banquet! The German spread here had fruits, cereals, yoghurts, rolls, danish, cakes(!) cold meats & salads, eggs, sausages...and more!! A fesat for a King!! Or maybe jus to see a King... Today is King Ludwig II "s day! It is off to upper Bavaria( a german state, approx one hour from Munich) to see two of his many castles and learn about this man who ,even though he was only King for a short time, has left such a large historical legacy!
First stop after two hours bus drive through the heavy snow laden counrtryside was "Linderhof" castle.It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.( King Ludwig born 1845) became king in 1864(at age 18) and by 1874 -1886 he had the castle rebuilt, inspired by the french Versailles.. . (each day saw more than 500 tradesmen / workers/ artists creating his vision) Totally magnificent to view,.. the full wall murals, the baroque style gilded decorations, the ceramic framed bevelled mirrors etc... there are actually only four rooms that were ever used.. being a private ,sensitive man it was here he could retreat to ,in total privacy.
Neuschwanstein Castle was a much larger project..

Work on the castle building itself started in the fall of 1872, and on January 29, 1880 the topping-out ceremony was held. Although Ludwig was fascinated by medieval legends and stories, he also wanted the best of the best for his new home. So in designing Neuschwanstein, builders used the latest innovations to ensure that the king had the most up-to-date technology at his disposal. For example the building had hot air central heating and every floor had running water. The kitchen featured both cold and hot water, and the castle's toilets were among the first with an automatic flushing system. Even the construction was done with state-of-the-art tools. Steam engines drove the cranes used to build the castle and steel construction was the basis of the Throne Room. Ludwig even had telephones on two floors, though the number of people he could call was extremely limited
Unfortunately for Ludwig, he never saw Neuschwanstein as anything but a building site since it wasn't finished upon his death in 1886. That year, things turned bad for the king. In what seems like an attempt to cease his irresponsible spending, he was declared insane. (Reports have it that doctors who had never examined, , treated or even met him had made the declarations) On June 12, 1886, he was arrested in his bedroom at Neuschwanstein and taken to Berg Palace in Munich. A day later, after going for a walk with his psychiatrist around Lake Starnberg near the palace, the king was found dead along with his doctor. No one has ever determined the cause of death, be it murder, suicide, or an accident. Ludwig was just 41 years old.
These days, as many as 6,000 people visit Neuschwanstein on a summer day, making it one of the most popular castles and palaces in Europe. The beauty craftmanship/ artwork and design are incredible  sights to see .. sorry no internal photos allowed..
The little village at the base of the castle had it's own beauty and mistique with the snow of the last two days (50 cm plus!!) The horse drawn carriages , the bavarian style chalets and hotels.. just superb..
Sadly , goodbyes were said to the "Disney Castle" Bavaria and King Ludwig II as the slower bus journey headed back to Munich.
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