Castle Neuschwanstein

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of ...

Castle Neuschwanstein

Neuschwanstein Castle, which King Ludwig II built on a rugged hill against a backdrop of picturesque mountain scenery, was prompted by the idea of rebuilding an existing ruin "in the authentic style of the old German knights' castles", as he wrote in a letter to Richard Wagner.

The castle was built by Eduard Riedel and Georg Dollmann from idealized sketches by the scene painter Christian Jank. While the building itself imitates the 13th-century Romanesque style, the paintings inside predominantly depict scenes from Wagner's operas such as "Tannhäuser" and "Lohengrin".

The Singers' Hall is modelled on the banqueting hall of the Wartburg near Eisenach; the decoration includes wall paintings illustrating the Parzival saga.  

The church-like Throne Hall was modelled on Byzantine domed architecture and the Allerheiligenhofkirche (All-Saints Church) in the Munich Residence and symbolizes Ludwig II's idea of a monarchy by God's grace. Neuschwanstein is not a copy of a medieval castle but a typical Historicist creation.

 
 
 
 

Castle Neuschwanstein

Castle Neuschwanstein

Seven weeks after the death of King Ludwig II in 1886, Neuschwanstein was opened to the public. The shy king had built the castle in order to withdraw from public life – now vast numbers of ...

Castle Herrenchiemsee

Castle Herrenchiemsee

Herrenchiemsee New PalaceFor King Ludwig II of Bavaria, the French "Sun King" Louis XIV was the embodiment of absolute monarchy.  In the New Palace of Herrenchiemsee, designed by ...

Castle Schachen

Castle Schachen

The King's House, built from plans by Georg Dollmann in 1869 to 1872 on the Schachen Alp near Garmisch-Partenkirchen, was King Ludwig II's mountain refuge. The wooden post-and-infill structure in ...

Castle Linderhof

Castle Linderhof

Only 25 km far from Garmisch-Partenkirchen you will find castle Linderhof in the scenic Graswang valley.Linderhof Palace, the "Royal Villa" of Ludwig II, originated as a hunting lodge ...