This time I headed off to Linderhof Palace (“Schloss Linderhof”) - the smallest of the three palaces the (mad) king had built and the only one completed in his lifetime.
The palace is in Ettal southwest Bavaria, near the Austria Alpine border (approx 90mins drive from Munich). Despite the glowing weather forecast, there was heavy cloud on my journey there, but as soon as I arrived at the palace the skies cleared.
There was also ‘modern’ technologies, such as central heating and a table that could be raised from the underground kitchen directly into the dining room. Though he dined alone, the king always had the table set for at least four people because he talked to imaginary people (such as Marie Antoinette or Louis XV).
After my tour I headed out to explore the beautiful gardens around the palace. In total they cover approx 125 acres but fit well into the natural alpine landscape and have a number of hidden treasures scattered around.
North - features 30 marble steps running from a Music Pavilion to a Neptune Fountain
South - the terraces here match the northern cascade. There is a ‘Naiad’ fountain and water nymphs plus statues of Marie Antoinette and Venus.
Ludwig enjoyed being rowed over the lake in his golden swan boat.
Then, after strolling around the sunny grounds for a little more...