I will write about our experiences in Garmisch soon, but for some general information, here are some exerts from the Lonely Planet – Germany chapter on Bavaria:
Ludwig spent his formative years at the sun-yellow Schloss Hohenschwangau. His father, Maximilian II, rebuilt this palace in a neo-Gothic style from 12th-century ruins left by Schwangau knights. With all this faux medieval imagery filling his childhood, no wonder Ludwig turned out the way he did. Here Ludwig first met Wagner, and the Hohenstaufensaal room features a square piano where the hard-up composer would entertain Ludwig with excerpts from his latest oeuvre.
Appearing through the mountaintops like a misty mirage is the world’s most famous castle, and the model for Disney’s citadel, Schloss Neuschwanstein.
Ludwig planned this castle himself, with the help of a stage designer rather than an architect, and it provides a fascinating glimpse into the king’s state of mind.
Built as a romantic medieval castle, and, like so many of Ludwig’s grand schemes, was never finished. For all the money spent on it, the king spent just over 170 days in residence. Ludwig imagined his palace as a giant stage to recreate the world of Germanic mythology in the operatic works of Richard Wagner.
KAPOORS ON THE ROAD