Germany

Munich: Linderhof Palace

The late King Ludwig II had this palace built between 1874-1878. It is south of Munich, taking a little over an hour to get there. There were tour busses, so it’s definitely a tourist destination, but not busy as the popular Neuschwanstein castle.

We went on a rainy Tuesday and even though it was raining, the drive was scenic. Traffic wasn’t bad, but there were some delays due to construction.

By the time we arrived, it started raining harder.  Parking cost €2,50 for cars.From the parking lot, it’s about a 5 minutes walk to the ticket box office, located next to the gift shop. Admission for the tour, grotto and hundings hut cost €8,50 for adults.

From the box office it is about another 10 minute walk to the palace. It started to rain quite heavy, so we decided to just take the 1:30 (English) tour, and skip the grotto or hut, even though it came with the ticket. While we waited for the tour to start, we walked the grounds staying close to the tour entrance.

Just as our tour began, the fountain outside the palace started shooting up water. I caught a little peek of the water show from the foyer of the palace. As in many historical place, Schloss Linderhof does not permit photographs inside the palace, but I did get one of just the foyer.

King Ludwig was involved with the creation of this palace. He especially admired France’s King Louis XIIIIV and the palace was French inspired, with his rooms filled with many gold ornate items and mirrors. He purchased rare stones for his chandeliers, his fireplace and even to decorate the mirrors. It’s the smallest of the King’s palaces, and no guests stayed here. Unlike the other 2 residents, Linderhof was the only resident he saw completed.

The tour took about 20 minutes and just as we walked out, the fountain started up again. After the water show, we made our way back to the car, but stopping at the gift store to pick up postcards.