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Bavaria Germany - Neuschwanstein Castle

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Me with the Neuschwanstein Castle castle in the background.
Catherine and I took a day trip from Munich to visit the Neuschwanstein castle. Below is a little background on King Ludwig that built the castle.

"Mad King" Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Bavaria was king of Bavaria from 1864 until shortly before his death 1886. Ludwig's sanity or lack thereof, was a hotly disputed issue near the end of his life. Ludwig ascended to the Bavarian throne at 18, following his father's early death.
Due to the loss of Bavarian independence, Ludwig became increasingly withdrawn from the royal court and government. In the 1880s, Ludwig spent much of his time in seclusion in the Bavarian Alps. There he built several expensive fairytale castles including Neuschwanstein Castle.

Mystery surrounds Ludwig's death on Lake Starnberg. Some people believe that Ludwig was murdered by his political enemies while attempting to escape from Berg. Ludwig asked to take a walk with Professor Gudden. The two men never returned. King Ludwig and Professor Gudden were found dead floating in the water near the shore of Lake Starnberg. Ludwig's death was officially ruled a suicide by drowning but there have always been doubts about the circumstances of his death. Ludwig was known to be a strong swimmer, the water was less than waist-deep where his body was found, and the official autopsy report indicated that no water was found in his lungs.
Catherine with the Neuschwanstein Castle.

The yellow Hohenschwangau Castle stands below Neuschwanstein Castle. It was "Mad" King Ludwig's boyhood home. Hohenschwangau was originally built in the 1100's. It was later ruined by Napoleon. Ludwig's father, King Maximilian II then later acquired the castle when he was crown prince and had it rebuilt in the romantic, neo-Gothic style.
Neuschwanstein Castle

The Grswang valley.

Linderhof Castle, located in the Grswang valley, was built in the style of the time of King Louis XIV of France. It is the only one of Ludwig's three castles that was ever completed. His father, King Maximillian II, had earlier built a hunting lodge in the vicinity.

Inside Linderhof Castle.

Ludwig Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Bavaria - His bed in Linderhof Castle.

Chandelier in Linderhof Castle.

Chandelier in Linderhof Castle.

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The grounds at Chandelier in Linderhof Castle.

The grounds at Chandelier in Linderhof Castle.

Fountain on the grounds at Chandelier in Linderhof Castle.

Linderhof Castle.
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Blogger JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my blog! This is a great little trip through Bavaria. I bet it was beautiful. I am sure even teh pictures don't do it justice.

November 20, 2007 4:34 AM  
Blogger GMG said...

Neuschwanstein, Hohenschwangau and Linderhof (together with Herrenchiemsee) are fantastic palaces in Bavaria. I've some pictures of a trip in 1986, but I'm so late posting at Blogtrotter 70s & 80s that I don't know when I'll get there. Meanwhile I'm enjoying your pictures!
Great job John!
Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

November 22, 2007 1:09 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi John - thanks for a fascinating blog and some truly great photographs. I've always been fascinated by the Bavarian castles and therefore found your article particularly interesting. You may also enjoy taking a look at the photographs and details provided at trivago for Castles in Bavaria - wish I was there!
Best wishes from Cape Town,

January 09, 2008 1:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really like when people are expressing their opinion and thought. So I like the way you are writing

March 13, 2010 3:43 PM  
Anonymous Jane said...

Very nice blog, I love travel blogs and traveling either. Neuschwanstein castle sound's very fascinating. I have always seen castles in the movies, now am really very keen to visit this breathtaking place.

November 18, 2010 8:47 PM  

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