King Ludwig II dream of Baroque
King Ludwig's only one finished castle
Visiting the castle Linderhof needs time. The area is huge and you better have a bicycle. We name it a castle, but Linderhof is on architecture definition a villa. Small and extremly luxurious with very special details.
Ludwig‘ private palace of Linderhof, constructed in the Bavarian countryside, is in a neo-French Rocco style. The palace designed with a mere 10 rooms was perfect for a man who loved the company of few people, showed especially by the dining table, with only space for one person.
It also had a grotto, lit by electricity, for hosting performances of his dear friend Wagner. It is considered by many historicists that the gardens of Linderhof palace are one of the most beautiful of historical garden designs. It combines elements of Renaissance and Baroque formal gardens with sections similar to the English Landscape Garden.
Does this represent ‘the Fairy-tale King’ Ludwig himself?
Renaissance and Baroque, representing his formal side, embodying his Royal standing, and how the people of Bavaria must see him as a structured individual. On the other hand, his more natural side, his extravagant imagination and artistic, free willed side that he wants the people to see, is represented by the sections that are of an English Gardenesque style. This is also where the Venus Grotto is located.
In 1868, the King commissioned the first drawings for his buildings. He started with Herrenchiemsee and Neuschwanstein, although the construction of Herrenchiemsee did not commence for another decade, in 1878.
An unfinished and never started castle was Falkenstein.
Some rules when visiting the castles should be respected:
- No pictures inside the castle. Sincerely, the rooms are so dark, that doesn't make any sense to break this rule and the postcards offered in the castle's shop are far prettier than any picture you may do.
- Back-packs may cause accidents. If you want, you may use free of charges, the lockers nearby.
- Don't throw garbage inside the castle. Bavarians are proud of the King and his heritage. If you don't want to be blamed for a disrespectful act, don't do it.
- Tickets are difficult to book. Better you ask for an agent or tour guide.