Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History
View of Linderhof
[ source: Wikipedia]
Linderhof, the smallest of King Ludwig II’s palaces, is settled into the Graswang Valley of the Alps. The king had this castle constructed during 1874 and 1879. The style is a mix of second Italian Renaissance and Baroque, giving it an ornate and decadent feel. One of the most impressive rooms, the Hall of Mirrors, consists of walls of mirrors that reflect the candle-adorned chandeliers. The dining room, audience room, and especially the large bedchamber, gives a personal glimpse into palace life. In the last eight years of his life, King Ludwig spent about half the month at this small palace, which offered luxuries like a mechanical dining table that could be arranged in the kitchen below and transported directly up to his private dining area. This was also the only castle Ludwig built that he lived to see the building completion.
You can visit Linderhof palace from April 15 to October from 9 am-6 pm and from October 16 to March from 10 am-4 pm. Guided tours are offered in German and English for 8.50 Euro, though information is available in a variety of languages. The palace is open daily with some winter holiday exceptions. In addition to the main palace, it’s lovely to wander the grounds and take in the glorious view of the palace against the alpine background. The other buildings have points of interest worth taking in, such as the various exhibits at the Royal Lodge.
An interesting and surprising element to the tour of Linderhof is the Grotto, a man-made grotto creating the feeling of being deep in the earth. An angel-adorned boat sits in a pool of emerald green water, wreathes of flowers hanging from above. The Grotto is also equipped with a changing light display and a waterfall, all of which was Siemens’ very first project. Entrance to the grotto and a short guided tour can be purchased as part of your park ticket.
How to get there: By car take the A95 from Munich (Munich vacation rentals | Munich travel guide), followed by the B2 to Oberau (Oberau vacation rentals | Oberau travel guide) and the B23 to the town of Ettal (Ettal vacation rentals | Ettal travel guide). The palace is located near Ettal and from there you’ll see signs pointing you in the right direction. There is plenty of parking available for a small fee. Using public transportation you can take the train to Oberammergau (Oberammergau vacation rentals | Oberammergau travel guide) and connect by bus to Linderhof.
About this Article
This travel guide has been written by Allison Stendardi-Deptolla.
Allison Stendardi-Deptolla is from the U.S. and has spent much of the past two years traveling the world. She currently lives in Munich and loves it. She holds a B.A. in English Literature and works as a freelance writer and editor.
Find and book quality Germany Vacation Rentals and Holiday Apartments ...
By State: Aargau, Appenzell Ausserrhoden, Appenzell Innerrhoden, Baden-Wurttemberg, Basel-Landschaft, Basel-Stadt, Bavaria, Berlin (region), Bern (Canton), Brandenburg, Bremen (region), Burgenland (Austria), Canton of Jura, Canton of Uri, Carinthia (Austria), Fribourg (Canton), Geneva (Canton), Glarus, Graubünden, Hamburg (region), Hesse, Lower Austria, Lower Saxony, Lucerne (Canton), Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Neuchâtel, Nidwalden, North Rhine-Westphalia, Obwalden, Rhineland-Palatinate, Saarland, Salzburger Land (Austria), Saxony, Saxony-Anhalt, Schaffhausen (Canton), Schleswig-Holstein, Schwyz (Canton), Solothurn, St. Gallen (Canton), Styria (Austria), Thurgau, Thuringia, Ticino, Tyrol (Austria), Upper Austria, Valais, Vaud, Vienna (Austria), Voralberg (Austria), Zug (Canton), Zürich (Canton), [ + ] more ...
Location, Map, and Driving Directions
[ view larger map ]
More Germany Travel Related Articles
- A Gift Guide to German Christmas Markets
- Enjoy Great Dining in Stuttgart
- The Museum of Printing Arts Leipzig
- Wine Tasting in the Ahr Valley
- Myths And Nature Pads
- Bike Tour In The Black Forest
- The German Autobahn
- Limburg Cathedral - one of the most accomplished buildings of the late Romanesque style
- Highlights of Hamburg
- History and beer brewing in Amberg
Nearby Destinations Where You Can Find Nice Germany Vacation Rentals
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a lovely town in southern Bavaria and a great destination if you’re a hiker or skier, or just want to surround yourself with gorgeous Alpine scenery. Don’t miss the spectacular view from the Zugspitze: at 2,962 meters, it’s… [ + ] More Details
The typical Bavarian, picturesque climatic spa town Mittenwald is located in the alpine world of the Karvendel Mountain range near the Austrian border. West of the town are the two mountain lakes Lautersee and Ferchensee and the Wettersteingebirge range.… [ + ] More Details
Related: Mittenwald Vacation Rentals
Oberammergau is in the German state of Bavaria. It is famous for its Passion Play, held every 10 years since 1634 (in gratitude toward God for the town being spare the ravages of the Bubonic Plague), as well as the "Luftmalerei" (mural-type illustrations… [ + ] More Details
Related: Oberammergau Vacation Rentals
Füssen is an enchanting town—at 808 meters the highest town in Bavaria—and offers numerous cultural and natural attractions. The world famous Neuschwanstein castle is nearby, and opportunities for hiking and skiing are everywhere. Besides touring… [ + ] More Details
Related: Füssen Vacation Rentals
Murnau am Staffelsee is a market town in the district of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, in the Oberbayern region of Bavaria, Germany. [ + ] More Details
Related: Murnau Vacation Rentals
Feedback, comments, questions?
If you have visited here please share your experiences with our readers on Facebook. Or, if you have other cool trip suggestions and would like to contribute a travel guide here, please drop me an email. We also are encouraging free-lancers, travel guide writers or publishers who have great Germany related content to send us an email and get in touch with us.
Ask a Local for special travel insider tips!
We make it easy for you to post your travel questions and get them answered by local residents and our property owners in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This way you get unqiue travel tips, personalized to your needs. Just type in your destination in the search box and go to your desired destination guide. From there look for the "Ask a Local" box, type in your question and submit. Typically you'll get 2-3 responses within less than 24 hours.
Download free eBook: 10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation!
Register for our free monthly Germany travel newsletter and download as a gift this valuable eBook: "10 Tips on how to Live Like a German during your Germany Vacation" - written by Bettina Kraft, owner of the Live Like a German site.
[ + ] More Details
Add the "Best of Live Like a German" to your web site or blog!
Get the Best of Live Like a German badge, which shows the latest Germany travel tips, popular vacation packages, special trip plans, and a selection of travel guides. It can be integrated easily into your web site or blog.
[ + ] More Details