Munich 04

Munich Episode 04 Ludwig II

The strange and handsome king

Ludwig II, the flamboyant and ultimately tragic King of Bavaria, who reigned from 1864 to 1886, is remembered for his physical beauty, but also for his strange behaviour. He often retreated from Munich to the Bavarian forest, where he enjoyed midnight sleigh rides and dreamed up the ever-more-extravagant decorating plans for his fairy-tale castles. His declining mental health and increasingly remote behaviour led to him being declared mentally unfit to rule. The circumstances of his unexpected and suspicious death have never been fully explained, but the popularity of the sites around Munich related to him reminds us of this ‘most romantic, beloved and tragic monarch of modern times.’