Top 10 Facts about the Linderhof Palace
Linderhof Palace is in southwest Bavaria near the village of Ettal. It is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. This is also the only castle which he lived to see completed.
The Linderhof Palace is said to be King Ludwig II’s most extraordinary Palaces. Located in Southern Germany, this castle is not only beautiful but also gives you memorable moments from your visit.
As he commissioned this castle, the king drew inspiration from the palace and gardens of Versailles at Linderhof. He, however, changed the project to the island of Herrenwörth in the Chiemsee.
Although the palace is small, it has beautiful formal gardens. There is so much more to learn about this castle. Here are the top 10 facts about Linderhof Palace.
1. The amazing hall of mirrors
This is one of the most stunning spaces you will see in the Linderhof Palace. It was used by the king as a drawing-room. He enjoyed spending some alone time there and sometimes reading a book.
King Ludwig II used to sleep in the daytime and stay up all night. The mirrors created an illusion that he liked especially of the reflected candlelight. The parallel positioning of some mirrors created the illusion of a never-ending avenue.
This room was the last one to be completed in the palace together with the Staircase. The room is furnished in the style of the second Rococo period.
2. It was completed in 1880
The foundation stone of Linderhof Park Palace was laid in 1870 and the entire palace was completed in 1880. It was designed by Carl von Effner.
This palace is surrounded by an imitation baroque gardens and terraces and cascades in the Italian Renaissance style.
King Ludwig II adopted architectural features into the park based on the world of the Orient like the Moorish Kiosk and the Moroccan House.
3. The bedroom was remodelled
King Ludwig II wanted this palace to look like the one on Versailles. However, his bedroom at Linderhof was not, he, therefore, commissioned it to be remodelled.
He had it remodelled to look like one of the bedrooms in the Rich Rooms of his Munich residence. The remodelling was completed in 1884 but the final touches were done two years later after King Ludwig’s death.
4. The palace had a special meaning to King Ludwig II
Linderhof Palace was one of the many great creations of King Ludwig II in the 19th century. Although it is the smallest of his palaces, had a special meaning to Ludwig.
Additionally, this was the only palace that he lived to see completed from foundation to furnishing. The palace was an expansion of the King’s cottage. King Ludwig mysteriously died in 1886.
5. The Palace gardens and park are beautiful
The gardens at this palace are one place you cannot miss out when you visit. A stroll through the incredible gardens and parks is refreshing.
You will also see the Venus Grotto. The building was inspired by Wagner’s Tannhauser, he was the King’s favourite. He decorated it to have changing colours and water.
The gardens are said to be one of the most beautiful creations of historicist garden design. The park is made up of elements from the Renaissance and Baroque formal gardens. A section of the park has a landscape similar to the English landscape garden.
6. There is a music pavilion at the Palaces’ formal gardens
The music pavilion is on the northern part of the garden. It is characterized by a cascade of thirty marble steps. There is a Neptune fountain at the bottom of the waterfall and at the top, there is a Music Pavilion.
7. Intercultural design and architecture are evident at this Palace
There is an incredibly intricate building at the park of the Linderhof Palace. It is the Moorish Kiosk with its peacock throne.
King Ludwig bought it from the Paris Exhibition of 1867. Another of his cultural purchases is the Moroccan House.
8. The landscaped garden has several buildings
The landscape garden occupies about 50 hectares of land. The park and garden have perfectly been integrated into the surrounding natural alpine landscape.
There are several buildings strategically located within the park that make it even more beautiful like the Moorish house, the music pavilion and the Moroccan house.
9. Moroccan inspiration
This building in the park at the Palace was designed by the Berliner architect Karl von Diebitsch. It was intended for the International Exhibition in Paris 1867.
King Ludwig II wanted to buy it but was delayed by the railroad king Bethel Henry Strausberg. He later bought the pavilion after Strausberg went bankrupt. The most notable piece of furniture in this building is the peacock throne.
He redecorated it to befit his royal status.
10. The Palace was initially made of wood
In 1873, King Ludwig II approved a plan that established the final design of the palace. It was first made of wood and clad with solid stone and covered with a cross-shaped complex of new roofs.
Linderhof Palace is the eventual result of a long period of building and rebuilding. This is the only large palace King Ludwig II lived to see completed.