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The Royal castles of King Ludwig & Oberammergau

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The second day saw an early start heading towards the royal castles of King Ludwig,
Ludwig II or Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm, (25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886)[1] was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death. He is sometimes called the Swan King (English) and der Märchenkönig, the Fairy Tale King (German). He also held the titles of Count Palatine of the Rhine, Duke of Bavaria, Duke of Franconia, and Duke in Swabia.

The coach picked us up from central Munich and we travelled for about 2 hours to the first castle Linderhof palace It is the smallest of the three palaces built by
King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed. You have to book a time slot and you have guided tour around the palace, in English, however the groups are very large and in some of the small rooms it gets a bit cramped, I prefer it when you can just walk around. The rooms are well decorated and most are covered in Gold leaf and i must say he lived a very privileged lifestyle pity he was skint and spent all the states cash building castles. Within 6 weeks of his death the state opened up the castle to the general public and they have been doing very well out of it indeed you only have to see the grounds . The best room in the palace is the Hall of mirrors This room was used by the king as a kind of living room. He enjoyed sitting in the niche, sometimes reading the whole night. Because Ludwig II used to sleep in the daytime and stay awake in the night, the mirrors created an unimaginable effect for him when they reflected the light of the candles a thousand times. The parallel placement of some mirrors evoke the illusion of a never ending avenue.

A Small stop off in the town of Oberammergau followed the first palace and we had a quick tour around the town that holds the passion play. It started in 1634 and is the result of a vow made by the inhabitants of the village that if God spared them from the effects of the
bubonic plague that swept the region they would perform a passion play every ten years. The play is now performed in years ending with a zero, as well as in 1934 which was the 300th anniversary and 1984 which was the 350th anniversary (though the 1940 performance was cancelled because of the intervention of the Second World War). It involves over 2000 actors, singers, instrumentalists and technicians, all residents of the village. I have been told it lasts for about seven hours so thanks god we never had tickets to that sell out gig !!!. The other thing the village is famous for is wood carving and you will find a load of Gift and tat shops to help take the weight from your wallet this was not a good idea as it could have dug into our beer money.

Neuschwanstein Castle
Gail had seen this castle on some TV program so had wanted to see it for some time in the flesh, by the time we arrived it was covered in a lot of mist and fog but it did clear some what by the time we left.
Neuschwanstein Castle (German: Schloss Neuschwanstein, pronounced [nɔʏˈʃvaːnʃtaɪn], English: "New Swanstone Castle"[1]) is a nineteenth-century Romanesque Revival palace on a rugged hill above the village of Hohenschwangau near Füssen in southwest Bavaria, Germany. The palace was commissioned by Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and as an homage to Richard Wagner. Ludwig paid for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds.
The palace was intended as a personal refuge for the reclusive king, but it was opened to the paying public immediately after his death in 1886.[2] Since then more than 61 million people have visited Neuschwanstein Castle.[3] More than 1.3 million people visit annually, with as many as 6,000 per day in the summer.[4] The palace has appeared prominently in several movies and was the inspiration for Disneyland's Sleeping Beauty Castle[5] and later, similar structures.