Only very few historical figures have captured the public imagination more than King Ludwig II. His work, his lifestyle and his eccentricity still cast a spell today over millions of visitors from all over the world.

King Ludwig II was way ahead of his time in every respect. As an ardent promoter of technical progress, as a patron of fine arts and as a legendary building contractor, he never bowed to the demands of everyday reality. Instead, he fought relentlessly for his visions to be implemented and realised – even when he came up against strong political and social resistance.

King Ludwig II’s ideas of what a better world would look like were radically reproduced in his lifestyle and his universal works. These works include the magnificent Bavarian royal castles and palaces which are nowadays world-class tourist attractions. They bear testimony to his exuberant desire for the imaginative, the special and the exquisite. With his attention to detail, he created an ideal counter-reality and was always exploring the boundaries of what was technically possible in order to realise his opulent backdrops. Unique in their architecture, the castles provide a dizzying journey through the world of eras, styles, cultures and legends.

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King Ludwig II, legendary regent and champion of a better world, is still revered today by millions of people from all four corners of the earth. His castles have become places of pilgrimage for guests from all over the world.


Even today, King Ludwig II’s passion for everything beautiful, his determination to turn dreams into reality, to witness magical happenings and to change the world in line with his vision mean that he continues to be an exceptional figure in cultural history.


With his bold and audacious architectural visions, King Ludwig II managed to create an unmistakable style which nowadays you can only find – if at all – in the Spanish buildings of Gaudi or the daring architectural sculptures of Frank Gehry.

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