The legacy of Bavarian King Ludwig II
The second part of the one-week road trip that I have taken this August in Bavaria region of Germany has focused on the castles and palaces linked with the last Bavarian king Ludwig II. Impression from the first part of this adventure can be found in my previous blog post: " Munich, Germany".New 7 Wonders of the World of the world. This is my first chance to approach such an important touristic landmark up to today. However, I was slightly disappointed. A whole industry was build to exploit the tourists who visit the castle, a castle which was not completed, missing one of the main towers (keep) and only a small part of the interior being furnished and open to the public, in comparison with the initial plan of Ludwig II. I should remind that the last king of Bavaria, Ludwig II was declared incapable of executing his governmental powers due to insanity and sentenced to leave the throne mainly because of this fantasy castle, before he died in mysterious circumstances. Although insinuated that the construction of this castle ruined Bavaria financially, the investment costs were sustained by the Wittlesbach royal family. It was opened as a touristic attraction a few weeks after his death and today became the number one touristic landmark of Germany. The palace has paid itself several times up to now and keeps on bringing millions of visitors to Germany each year.
Among other building bearing the mark of King Ludwig II are the Herrenchiemsee Palace, a copy of the central part of Versailles Palace in France, located on the Herren Island on Chiemsee Lake, the Schachen king's hunting lodge with an overwhelming decorative Arabian style interior high in the German Alps and only accessible by foot and several unfinished or destroyed projects. Unfortunately, I did not have the time to cover them also, and there are hardly any related images in the Dreamstime database... The idea to cover this locations in the future looks promising...
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