Visiting Linderhof

Categories: Sightseeing, Cultural and History

View of Linderhof
View of Linderhof

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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.

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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.

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