Linderhof Castle - an absolute Allgäu must-see

Trip Start Sep 22, 2009
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Trip End Sep 25, 2009


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Thursday, September 24, 2009

King Ludwig II of Bavaria (1828 - 1868) was a fun loving king. His royal duties in Munich were not his favorite pasttime.  He was a big fan of the composer Richard Wagner,  and so he had several castles built to depict the compositions of Wagner.  His most impressive castle,  where he spent a total of around 1000 days was the Linderhof Castle in the Ammer National Park between Füssen and Garmisch Partenkirchen.  In Neuschwanstein he spent less than 80 days.

The following link of Schloss Linderhof will provide all the info on this fairy tale palace which is a definite must see when coming to the Allgäu.

http://www.schlosslinderhof.de/

Ludwig the Dreamer, as he also appeared to be known, among other built Europe's largest human built cave at the Linderhof Castle, and spent quite a bit of time in this cave, listening to Wagner's music.  The cave also included a large underground waterfall,  and an underground lake, which could be heated to 30°C,  a temperature very well suited for swimming.  The cave, which included stalagtites and stalagmites, also had a number of mural paintings,  and a colored light show.  This light show was state of the art in the mid 19th century with Siemens providing the electrical technology.
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