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We went on an escorted tour of this castle which was a short (one hour) trip from Munich. We stopped at the base of an extensive park to take the short hike to one of Ludwig II's many castles. The palace is in an incredible setting which was beautiful in the winter. Its surrounded by formal gardens and terraced gardens. Linderhof is a very small castle and built in 1874. Very very ornate, beautiful and decorated in the French Baroque style. My teenaged son and daughter loved this. November had short lines, interesting tour. Would definelty recommend.
- Historical Travel
- Castles and Palaces
Schloss Linderhof - Golden Palace
Schloss Linderhof was built by King Ludwig II. Everything in this palace is covered with gold leaf, 97,000+ oz of it in fact. In gold leaf terms, that's a lot!
The palace is extravagant in every way imaginable. It also offers some great photo ops, outside.
Inside, there is no flash photography allowed. This made it difficult to capture some of the more spectactular pieces in the palace. But don't let that deter you from going in.
We took a tour that included Schloss Neuschwanstein as well as Linderhof. There are many tours going here that originate in Munich.
Linderhof is certainly worth a visit if you have the time.
- Family Travel
- Historical Travel
Small but very exquisite; the facade is under renovation now, but still worth a visit!!
I would suggest travellers to Munich to try to see all 3 castles built by Ludwig II; it's really cool to compare the 3 cos each is warped in its own way!
By the way the other 2 are Neuschwanstein and Herren Chiemsee.
Neuschwanstein near Fussen
Enough said about this castle that inspired Disneyland. Great castle, incomplete and has warped little details that shows Ludwig's crazed mind! Nothing beats seeing the castle in snow from Marienbrucke! But I believe it's gorgeous in summer too.
Visit Herrenchiemsee Castle - located on a little island in Chiemsee lake. It is one of King Ludwig II castles. The castle and gardens were shaped after the chateau and gardens in Versailles.
- Hiking and Walking
The famous King Ludwig´s castles Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau are located near Füssen couple of hours drive from Munchen.
I visited both of them. Neuschwanstein is more glamorous and they offer guided walks around the castle. The tour ran through in a haste, not what I like when exploring but I guess they have to to get all the crowd through.
You can take a little hike in the vicinity of the castles on a marked trail up to the Marienbrücke, a bridge over a gorge. This place offers a great view of Neuschwanstein but unfortunately we didn´t see anything because of rain and fog. What we did see was a live frog for the first time of our live :)
Schloss Neuschwanstein, Germany
This is a must for all castle lovers; Castle Neuschwanstein. To me the most spectacular of the of the King Ludwig castles. The castle itself is in the shade 90% of the time, but the view is spectacular. The valleys are drenched in sunlight. Take a coat, because unless it's the heat of summer it's gonna get cool. So, you made it to the castle now what: buy a ticket down in the little town. It is clearly marked and tickets are timed. You can get a ticket just for Neuschwanstein or Hohenzollern or both. When I went there was not enough time to visit both castles since it was during the winter. The castle is about 30-40 minutes uphill. I would suggest to get a carriage ride. They cost 5,- euros each way and are worth it. You will see their stand right outside the ticket building. Just hop on and off you go. Make sure to take the time and visit the Marien Bruecke and the overlook.
A Side trip to Füssen
One of the most beautiful places I have been to. Located 2 hrs (by train) south of Munich in the foot hills of the Alps. Surrounded by mountains and shadowed by the Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau castles.
- Family Travel
Apart from visiting all those...
Apart from visiting all those lovely churches in Munich, it is worth making a day trip to Munich's neighbourhood such as the Schloss Neuschwanstein and Austrian town - Salzburg for a taste of the famous 'the sound of music' and the birthplace of Mozart.
King Ludwig's favorite castle, was built between 1870 and 1879, modelled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, France. Its interior has characteristically lavish adornments, full of mirrors, painted ceilings and gilded cherubs, in a mixture of Renaissance and Baroque styles. The surroundig gardens in French, Italian and English style include a grand cascade and artificial grottos. The name of the castle is derived from the farmer family 'Linder', who owned a farm at this place.
In the park you should visit the Moorish Kiosk and the famous grotto, inspired by the Venus Grotto from Wagner's 'Tannhäuser' and the Blue Grotto. Linderhof is the smallest of Ludwig's three royal castles and the only one that was completed during his lifetime.
is the older of the two castles near Füssen, Germany. Built in the 12th century, it was destroyed by Napoleon and restored by Crown Prince Maximilian 1832-1837 in romanesque style. Ludwig II. spent his early years here. The interior is troubadour style, with wall-paintings of Bavarian knights and folk heroes.
King Ludwig's favorite castle, was built between 1870 and 1879, modelled on the Petit Trianon at Versailles, France. Its interior has characteristically lavish adornments, full of mirrors, painted ceilings and gilded cherubs, in a mixture of Renaissance and baroque styles. The surroundig gardens in french, italian and english style include a grand cascade, artificial grottos. The name of the castle is derived from the farmer family 'Linder', who owned a farm at this place
This is Bavarian King Ludwig's II largest castle. The king decided to make a replica of Versailles, but only managed to build the central portion before funds ran out. This palace is located on an island named 'Herreninsel' in the lovely lake Chiemsee. There is a passenger boat service around the lake. Nearby is lovely Fraueninsel, and in Prien you can take a 19th century steam-train for a 2 km-ride from the station to the pier for boats to the islands.
Here's a shot of the...
Here's a shot of the neighboring Swangau where Ludwig lived while building the famous Neuswanstein castle I've shown you on this page.
Drive (or take a coach tour)...
Drive (or take a coach tour) south into the mountains to visit as many of the Royal castles as you can. I managed to fit Linderhof, Neuschwanstein and Hohenschwangau in one day, plus the monastry at Ettal... see my travelogs
Neuschwanstein is just spectacular even if unfinished - definitely the highlight of my visit... the Linderhof is grand on a smaller scale
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