Discovering the Linderhof Palace

A great palace in Germany, Linderhof is located close to Oberammergau (not far away from Füssen) in the southwestern portions of Bavaria near the Ettal Abbey. But while very popular, it is still the smallest of the palaces built by the Bavarian king Ludwig II (three in total), and actually the only one he survived long enough to see reach completion.

Developments of the palace

When Ludwig II was a young man, he frequently went with King Maximillian II of Bavaria, his father, on hunting trips to the Bavarian Alps so he has more than a good knowledge of the areas surrounding Linderhof. When Ludwig II finally succeeded the throne, he ordered for work to begin in enlarging the Konigshauschen, a building he inherited in 1864. The building was torn down in 1874 and then rebuilt where it stands today. More than eight million marks and over 20 years was spent in creating the palace.

Symbolism

Linderhof is so much more smaller than Versailles but it is very evident that the palace drew inspiration from Louis XIVs palace. For starters, there"s the staircase, which is a complete reduction of the Ambassador"s staircase found in Versailles. There are also various symbols depicting the sun as Louis XIV was considered to be the Sun King of France. There is also much importance in the bedroom as Louis XIV spent his lever and coucher of the day within his bedroom. In true imitation of Versailles, Ludwig II made his bedroom as the largest room in his palace. If Louis XIV was the Sun King though, Ludwig considered himself to be the Night King.

Important rooms

Compared to many other palaces in Germany, the Linderhof is fairly private. Some of the most important rooms in the palace though are the:

  • Hall of Mirrors - used by king as a living room, the Hall of Mirrors features a table top with chalcedony, amethyst, and lapis lazuli with the Bavarian coat of arms set in a glass mosaic; a carpet made with ostrich plumes; an ivory candelabra with a 16-branch alcove; and mantelpieces with gilded bronze ornaments.
  • Audience Chamber - located at the western end of the castle, the Audience Chamber is fitted with lilac and yellow cabinets. As Ludwig II was strict about copying Versailles, he didn"t actually use this audience chamber.
  • Bedchamber - while the functions of Ludwig IIs bedchamber was similar to Louis XIV, the room was actually fashioned after the Rich Rooms in the Munich Residence. The room features console tables with the kings favorite china and a glass candelabra housing 108 candles.

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