Based on the Palace of Versailles in France, it was King Ludwig II
Neuschwanstein is a dream castle because it was the fantasy home that the eccentric Ludwig II
built himself to escape from reality.
Fussen is an ideal starting point for excursions to the palace of Linderhof, where Ludwig II
lived in ornate splendour.
Seine vielen Briefe an Ludwig II
. sowie an dessen Hofsekretar Lorenz Duflipp zeigen, wie gerne er sich in Dinge einmischte, die ihn nichts angingen.
The book is organised chronologically, with an introductory chapter on the 19th-century history that predates the 'golden age' suggested in the title, dealing with the reigns of Ludwig I, Maxmillian and Ludwig II
and their contribution to--or rather, creation of--Munich as an 'Athens on the Isar'.
Day 2: Head out to the countryside to see the picturesque mountain scenery of Bavaria and two castles of King Ludwig II
. Your first stop is at Linderhof Castle, 100 km away from Munich, followed by Oberammergau, a small town that is famous for its richly painted houses.
Wagner had a falling out with his patron, Ludwig II
of Bavaria, who refused to have anything to do with the Munich premieres of Das Rheingold and Die Walkure.
The fantastical turrets of the hilltop Neuschwanstein Castle, began by King Ludwig II
in 1869, has made it the most photographed building in Germany.
William F Ludwig II
, who has died, aged 91, ran the eponymous Ludwig Drum Company which made the drums used by the Beatles on their Ed Sullivan Show appearance in 1964.
His new play explores the tumultuous yet creative relationship between artists and patrons as it jumps between the time of Wagner and the mad king he wrote for, Bavaria's Ludwig II
; a'60s biracial pop singer and her producer; and a present-day high school music student who has a crush on his teacher-all linked by a single melody.
Here, in briefest summary, is the picture that emerges: Wagner was an emotional parasite, who demanded complete loyalty without returning it, who sponged ruthlessly off both friend and foe, who shamelessly exploited those who most generously loved him--from his cuddly servant girls to his half-crazed patron, King Ludwig II
of Bavaria--and who was pinned down at last by the straitlaced and "bigoted" Cosima in a warm bath of luxury from which he nevertheless wished to slip out by the plughole.