Perched in the Bavarian Alps, a short train ride from Munich, is the famous Neuschwanstein Castle. Known as the inspiration for Disney’s Cinderella Castle, the unfinished Neuschwanstein is the fairytale passion of King Ludwig II of Bavaria. Among his accomplishments as monarch, Ludwig is remembered for building castles. They were so lavish and costly, he brought his family fortune to its knees and construction had to stop, leaving two of the castles unfinished.
Last month on my exploration in Bavaria I visited two of Ludwig’s castles… Neuschwanstein, the fairytale castle, and Herrenchiemsee, the Bavarian copy of Versailles. I have learned a great deal about Ludwig’s life. In each castle you can sense his eccentricities and his passion for the grand and spectacular. There is much more to his story and in this blog I tell stories about the castles and recall the intrigue of his life and death. Continue reading “Eccentric Bavarian King Ludwig II”