We are going to the south of Germany to make one of those routes difficult to forget. We want to follow in the footsteps of the so-called Mad King, admiring Bavarian palaces and castles related to his figure. They are magnificent constructions that arouse the admiration of those who visit them. Can you come with us?
Who was the Mad King
This nickname is the one received by King Louis II of Bavaria. He reached the throne in 1864, with just 18 years, and died prematurely and in strange circumstances in 1886.
Louis II was an admirer of absolutism in a period of profound changes. An eccentric character who wanted to build lavish buildings that will remember other times. A melancholy and capricious king who ended up being disabled.
A walk through the castles of Bavaria
We will take a brief tour of the palaces and castles of Bavaria that remind us, in one way or another, the figure of Louis II. They are authentic story constructions, how can you check.
It is best to start the route in Fussen, a small town from which it is very easy to leave to know all the stops on this route. As a place in itself it is very nice, a corner where you can walk and learn more about German traditions. Its old town deserves that you stop and admire it.
1. HohenschwangauHohenschwangau Castle
It is a beautiful neo-gothic castle in which Luis II spent part of his childhood and some of the happiest moments of his childhood. It was the summer residence of the royal family and the monarch did not stop visiting it. Moreover, it is close to his dream: Neuschwanstein Castle.
This castle was built between 1833 and 1837 by order of the father of Louis II, Maximilian II. It rises in a privileged place that occupied a medieval fortress that in the 19th century was already in ruins.
2. NeuschwansteinNeuschwanstein Castle
A fantasy castle, there is no better way to describe it. For many, the most beautiful castle in the world. This was the great work of Louis II, his great dream, the same in which huge amounts of money were invested ... and that he never saw finished.
It is the best known, no doubt, of the castles of Bavaria. The works began in 1869 from the designs of a theatrical set designer. In fact, this castle is more a huge stage than a habitable place. And even his design was modified according to the whims of the king.
Neuschwanstein intended to be a prototype of medieval construction. But nevertheless, had some of the greatest advances of the time. It had central heating, electric light, running water and even a kind of telephone line.
3. Linderhof PalaceLinderhof Palace
It was a small Versailles for Bavarian king. In fact, some elements of the French palace were copied, although in a much smaller size, obviously. Surely thanks to these small dimensions, it was the only one of the projects dreamed by the monarch that was completed. He even lived in it for several years.
Linderhof Palace is a beautiful baroque building, bordering on the Rococo. Inside you can see beautifully decorated rooms and rooms, such as the so-called Hall of Mirrors.
Y if the interior of the palace is magnificent, so are the gardens that surround him. Gardens that hide small treasures such as a Moorish kiosk or an artificial cave with a small stage to listen to musical works.
4. HerrenchiemseeHerremchiesee Palace
Another beautiful palace of Versailles airs. It is somewhat remote from the rest of the buildings we have visited, but it is worth visiting. In principle it was going to be an exact copy of the French palace, but the funds were exhausted and only part was built.
It is located on an island, on Lake Herremchiesee. Y, like Versailles, it has beautiful gardens with ornamental fountains, vegetable labyrinths and even a jetty. A visit, without a doubt, that is very worthwhile.
What do you think of this tour of these palaces and castles of Bavaria? Now that you know them, Do not hesitate to include them all in your visit to this area of Germany. You will love it.