Munich 05

Munich Episode 05 Ludwig’s Dream Castles

Three vanity projects: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee

We’re going on a virtual tour of some of the fairy-tale castles built by Ludwig II in the Bavarian countryside so that we can enjoy the magnificent, some would say insane, splendour of his fantasy projects. Hear about Neuschwanstein, believed to have been the inspiration for the castle in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty, and Linderhof, where even the hunting lodge was crafted from marble, crystal and mahogany and where the indoor trinkets included a life-sized peacock in Sèvres porcelain. Finally, Herrenchiemsee, Ludwig’s splendidly deranged attempt to build a copy of the Palace of Versailles. The castles prove that, as one biographer wrote, Ludwig was ‘a unique phenomenon of his epoch’.