II built this
secluded hunting lodge, it was known as the Kings Hut. Ludwig decided that this
will be a New Versailles. It was planned as a modest villa but had
become a splendid Rococo palace in the ornate French style. Linderhof is
the smallest of the three royal castles, and the only one which was completely
most interested in the Kings bed chamber. The bed is 2 meters by 2.5 meters
A giant sized bed for a large-than-life King. Ludwig liked ornate drapes
in his bedroom.
In the dinning room, a fairy tale magic table disappears into the floor
going to the kitchen where it was decked with food and sent back to the dining
room. The advantage of this technology was that the King did not have to
see his servants. Also the hall of mirrors seems like you are in an endless corridor.
|| In the gardens of
the castle the visitor can marvel at an oriental curiosity - The Moorish
Kiosk, and the Hundings Hut, where the king used to spend his time when
he was in a particular Germanic frame of mind. It was acquired by Ludwig
in 1876 for the gardens of the Palace. This kiosk was originally been
designed for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1876.
|In the centerpiece of
the Moorish Kiosk is the peacock's throne, a divan surrounded by three
|Holly Hallam, 18, from St.Pete Florida USA, wrote:
| I first went to Ludwigs "Neushwanstein"
Castle. Absolutely gorgeous, I was able to go in and get a few
pictures, but unfortunately the castle was unfinished due to Ludwigs
mysterious death in the river not far from the Castle itself.
While I was in Germany, we drove and stayed in Garmish. We visited
the palace in Linderhof, also Ludwigs. The palace was very
beautiful. Konig Ludwig loved gold and used a lot of it in the
peaceful, angelic home. We walked up a ways to his
"cave" where he would go and watch opera. He had
different lights for the different moods and they were all so peaceful.
I never got to go in the Frankenstein Castle but I was able to see it at
night all light up at the top of a mountain. I didn't look very
scary, but it was, as well as the rest beautiful. Hohenecken is
where I was living. The Castle there was destroyed partly by the
World War, but many times I would go up there to think and look down
over the Village. It was very peaceful. Overall, Linderhof
was my favorite!
|Liz, from Germany, wrote:
|I recently visited Linderhof, and found it would
most likely be a model for my next house! The inside is so magnificent I
could barely imagine living there. It seemed only for decoration! The
Mirror Room is the most beautiful in the castle and has a large portion
of vases collected by the King (95 to be exact). Venus's Grotto was also
a particular favorite of mine. I would have loved to stay there, but
unfortunately I was kind of squashed by the other tour groups. The
gardens that adorne the castle show off many statues and fountains. If u
ever have the chance, go to Linderhof, but beware 'englisch' tours are
hard 2 come by!
|Jim, 37, from Charleston, IL US, wrote:
|We took the back roads (and I do mean back roads as
we ended up in Austria for a while, we also had to cross a couple of
streams--pretty scary in a rented Fiesta) from Neuschwanstein to
Linderhof. This summer home of King Ludwig is way cool! By sure to
check out the natural Air Conditioning to King L's bedroom, the Turkish
Smoking house, the Blue Grotto (from composer Richard Wagner), and the
Hunting Lodge. Get there first thing in the morning as it is much
more impressive (you can get better pictures) before the crowds
arrive. We got there early in the morning and we should have taken
our pictures then. We were the first people to take the tour of the
palace and by the time we were through, the place was swarming.
|John Henry Architect AIA, 47, from Florida,
| Our family visited Neuschwanstein and
Linderhof in the late 60's. I remember the gold fountain, grotto
and the luscious interiors as a child of 12. We revisited both
buildings in the summer of 2000, as well as the Versailles attempt at
Herrenchiemsee. Each has its merits and distinctions, but the most
intimate and dreamlike character is Linderhof. It can scarcely be
called a castle though. My estimate is that it is at most 14,000
SF. The first level is servant's quarters, the second dedicated to
the King's pleasure. The house is really an ideal of the luxury
villa. The site is terrific. On axis with a man-made
mountain waterfall, the house is nestled in the cup of the bowl or
valley, and the King's chamber and bed line up perfectly with views up
the nearby forest. The axis continues through the house and across
the pond, up to the Tempietto. This arrangement is pure
classicism. While the front and rear elevations of the villa are
nearly symmetrical, the sides are not. Each has a different
arrangement; one side faces a lovely garden. Terracing allows
level changes on the irregular topography while steps and planters allow
movement as an actor in a choreographed play. The fountain is a work of
art in itself. The sequence of space inside is truly a work of
genius. One enters at barely an 8 foot ceiling, then proceeds up a
few steps to emerge at a symmetrical double grand stair situated in a
double height space, naturally lit from a skylight. The light draws
you through the foyer upwards into an enfilade of rooms, each with a distinct
geometry, anterooms, and individually designed interior decoration.
Ceiling heights vary per room. Critics lambasted the design for
many years, but time shows that they were wrong. This is the
ultimate model of a 'custom home'. You may notice that the herms,
or male statue figures holding up the central balcony, seem to be made
of stone. Paint is chipping off of a metallic finish! I
believe they, and many other details, were cast or hand worked in
tin or zinc, then painted. I did not have time to visit the outer
pavilions, but these serve an additional purpose in the entire scheme.
One can 'escape' the main living quarters for variety and to meditate.
Different themes of architecture provide different states of mind.
One can do a pilgrimage around the site in fact. Such beauty and
intelligence. A 'Mad' king indeed! He carefully sought out
the best artists and designers to satisfy and enlarge his vision.
Ludwig was constantly envisioning project after project. His mind
was consumed with fantasy. And when we build beyond four walls and
a simple roof, we go in his direction every time we yearn for our Dream
|Valerie, 20 from USA, wrote:
|I went last summer to Germany and got to see
Neuschwanstein and Linderhof. These two castles were the most
amazing sights I have ever seen. I didn't want to leave these
castles. It made me feel like I wanted to stay the night. I
wouldn't mind sleeping in King Ludwig's bedroom in Linderhof. If
anyone get's the chance to go to Germany, go and see Linderhof and
Neuschwanstein. I had a blast and hope to go back again soon.
|Elise Heininger wrote:
|In October 1999 I spend three unforgettable days in
Bavaria, rented two cozy rooms, very, very reasonable in Grasswang, and from there went to visit Neuschwanstein and King Ludwig's parents castle
Hohenschwangau. The next day we went to King Ludwig's Linderhof.Nothing,but
ever left such a deep impression on me as the visit to these two castles and
the life story of the "Fairytale King" King Ludwig ll. I
especially loved the Venus Grotto, and the whole story of the tragic King. You can read up on it by just writing
the word "Neuschwanstein"in your Searcher. He was not a mad or
crazy man, he suffered from what they now call:" Social Anxiety
Disease" But when you understand, how and in what environment he grew up, then
everything is clear. The third day we went to Oberammergau where they perform the Passion
play. To me, that was the most beautiful area I have ever been in. I would
love to go back someday. This is a beautiful world we live in. Thanks,
|Chris Morrison, 31, from Cleveland Ohio, wrote:
|Spent a day at Schloss (German for Castle)
Linderhoff. Was thrilled and amazed at it's beauty. I
was on a tour of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and
Liechtenstein. My tour guide Therese was incredible because
her favorite history figure was in fact King Ludwig who built Schloss(es)
Linderhof, Hohenschwangau, and Neuschwanstein. The gold and the beauty
that you will encounter in touring Linderhoff is beyond your wildest
dreams. There is a hall of mirrors that is fantastic. If you stand
in the middle of it it looks like the room goes on forever. The Kiosk is
very beautiful on the inside as well. The grounds are well kept and very
beautiful. This was one of the highlights of my tour through this
region, aside from the passion play at Oberammergau. If you ever
get a chance to see that, it is worth every bit of the seven hours that
you sit. Enjoy Linderhof, and God Bless!
|Judy M., 52, from Houston, TX, wrote:
| I was lucky enough to take my "dream
trip" to Austria and Germany back in May 1992 ... one of the things
to visit on the itinerary was Linderhof Castle ... I was just totally
awed by the magnificent rooms, etc. ... it was well worth the wait to
see this castle ... I hope to be able to go back again soon and see more
of Germany and Austria, and of course, more castles ... I had plans of
getting back before now but certain circumstances kept getting in my way
so with any kind of luck, I will get to go again either in 2001 or 2002.
|Tricia, 38 from Glendale AZ, wrote:
| I was fortunate enough to visit Linderhof
while living in Germany. The pictures do not do this
castle justice. It is amazing to think that workers built
this castle on a mountain with no vehicles or power tools or
roads for that fact and the castle is as beautiful now as it was
when it was new. The interiors and gardens are
breathtaking. It is definitely a must see!
Julie C, 39, from East Coast, USA, wrote:
|Joseph Elmore, 35, from Sicily
|My family and I just recently
toured Germany. We were able to see many castles during
this tour, and even though Neuschwanstein was a "must
see", Linderhof was by far the most spectacular! It
does not even come close to comparing to Neuschwanstein in size,
but the beauty is just indescribable. The details of the
palace and the picturesque gardens are amazing. To think
that something this old can continue to astound is unbelievable.
Pictures do not do justice to this masterpiece.
I would very highly recommend that if you are in the area to
check it out. If not, make the extra effort. I
promise you won't be disappointed!
| I saw this castle when I was in High school
over 20 years ago. My favotite memories were the fountain outside that was powered by water pressure and not electricity, the beautiful
Lapis Lazuli vase in the front hall, and the huge crystal ball on the chandelier. This web site helps to bring back
|Jerry, 25, from UK, wrote
| I have been fortunate enough to visit Bavaria
on many occasions and my first castle trip was obviously to the famed
"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Castle". I however have no hesitation
on recommending Schloss Linderhof as one of the most magical places I
have ever been to.
|A castle lover from USA, wrote:
| I visited this castle twice at age 12 and age
14 and found it to be one of the most beautiful "fairytale like
castles" I have ever seen. As a little girl I used to have
dreams I was a princess with my handsome prince. Anyway, to give
some information--This castle belonged to crazy King Ludwig of Bavaria
who also built the famous Schloss Neuschwanstein. Schloss
Linderhof was King Ludwig's summer palace and has a lot of influence
from the French palaces of which King Ludwig was very fond of. He
was also fond of swans which are found in motifs throughout both castles
and at Linderhof he had a private underground grotto built for himself
in which he could sail in a "swan boat" and listen to Wagner's
operas in this underground cave fantasy setting. As I said before,
he was a bit crazy and he would make the singers literally kill
themselves singing Wagner's operas in this underground cavern which you
can also see at this beautiful palace. The gardens will remind you of
Versailles and are very beautiful. Well worth seeing.
|Elizabeth, 17, from USA. wrote:
| I visited all of Ludwig's castles the last year of my fathers
tour overseas. I went to the Peacock throne the last day that it
was open to the public. There is nothing more beautiful than
visiting a castle, it's like a filling that little Cinderella in all of
us. My favorite part though was the view from the steps opposite the
castle, where when you look down you see the front of the castle and the
pool with Venus in the middle.
|Ben H, 21, from Georgia, USA wrote:
|Linderhof is a fabulous castle.
It's decorations and beauty is only second to Neuschwanstein.
Ludwig was particularly fascinated by Richard Wagner's music. Ludwig and
Wagner became friends and Ludwig built a grotto (a cave) for the
performance of Wagner's "Der Ring des Nibelungen." This grotto
is a must see when visiting Linderhof to experience the show of lights,
water and incredible music. Linderhof is well worth the trip!!!
|Linda Meyers, 50, from USA wrote:
|It's been many years since I visited the Linderhof Castle.
It was magnificent. The opulence and splendor were breathtaking.
Words escape me on describing this beautiful place. One could
close ones eyes and imagine what it must have been like in King Ludwig's
day. The grounds and grotto were equally impressive. I would
recommend this castle to anyone. Definitely a must see if you're
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