Linderhof Palace, Germany

The German state of Bavaria is renowned for its beautiful views and magnificent architecture, and some of its most impressive sites were built under the rule of King Ludwig II, the area’s “fairy tale king.”

During his 22-year reign, the king commissioned two palaces and a castle. Linderhof Palace, featured in this video, is the only one to have been completed as planned. Surely eccentric, and even known to some as the “Mad King,” Ludwig went heavily into debt to construct these buildings, which largely pay homage to King Louis XIV of France and the romantic works of composer Richard Wagner. This debt became one of the reasons for the king’s eventual deposition.

Ironically, Ludwig’s self-indulgent projects have become great assets to Bavaria and have paid for themselves over time through their popularity and appeal to tourists.

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Bavarian Palace Department: Linderhof Palace and Park
Official Bavarian Tourism Site
Wikipedia article: Ludwig II of Bavaria
Keith Phillips Official Site

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