The bust of Marie Antoinette on the terrace at Linderhof Palace. Ludwig II was very much fascinated by the palace of Versailles and its history, which influenced the palace of Linderhof and some of Ludwig’s particular behaviours.
There is no doubt that Ludwig was now living more and more in a world of total fantasy. Sometimes he would dress up as Louis XIV, sometimes he would don his Lohengrin costume and float around the Venus Grotto in his cockleshell-shaped boat. On occasions his servants would pass the door of his dining-room and hear him carrying on a conversation with imaginary dinner guests of the French court. His veneration for Queen Marie Antoinette was so great that whenever he passed a statue of her on the terrace at Linderhof he always took off his hat and stroked the cheeks of the statue. It was in imitation of Louis XIV that he cultivated his extraordinary manner of walking. Among the many people who commented on this was Gottfried von Böhm, who described it as follows: ‘This walk was a total mockery of nature. Taking great strides he threw his long legs out in front of him as if he wanted to hurl them away from him, then he brought the front foot down as though with each step he was trying to crush a scorpion.’
Christopher McIntosh, The Swan King: Ludwig II of Bavaria
Ludwig II (2012, HD, auf Deutsch w/Spanish subtitles, 2 hrs 22 mins)
Dramatic retelling of the life of Ludwig II, King of Bavaria in the 1800′s, one of the most fascinating monarchs of modern times. From his accession to the throne at the age of 18 to his passionate support of Richard Wagner and his music. From his political commitment to his obsessive construction of extravagant palaces and his gradual withdrawal into a lonely dream world.”
He is unfortunately so beautiful and wise, soulful and lordly, that I fear his life must fade away like a divine dream in this base world… You cannot imagine the magic of his regard: if he remains alive it will be a great miracle!
Richard Wagner, upon meeting King Ludwig II of Bavaria
do you have a favorite historical figure? since you study history?
YES OMG YES YES LUDWIG II OF BAVARIA
I mean how can you not love this beautiful man who spent his life building lots of castles based on myths just because he could, while being madly in love with musicals and theater and worshipping Ludwig xiv and richard wagner
he was also a drama queen, didn’t liked people and being in crowds and he was probably gay and I love him and have read entire books about him just because I love him so much
Ludwig II is my favorite dead king and no one can convince me there is someone greater out there
Ludwig II was sometimes known as the Swan King, and one quick look around Neuschwanstein would tell you why. Swans decorate the walls, door handles, furniture, and even here, the faucets in the kitchen. There are also a number of sculptures around the castle.