The royal castle of Ludwig II near Füssen is one of the most visited castles and fortresses in Europe. The architecture and interior furnishings reflect the historically and eclectically oriented ideals of the Bavarian “fairy tale king”.
In addition to the king’s luxuriously furnished living and presentation rooms, rooms furnished in medieval style for the servants and the historic kitchen can also be toured. Construction of the castle was not completed during the king’s lifetime. After the death of Ludwig II in 1886, the square tower and the knights’ house (“Ritterhaus”) were finished, but in a simpler fashion. Other sections of the building, like the keep and the chapel designed by Christian Jank, remain unfinished. In the summer months especially, up to 10,000 visitors flock the formerly isolated refuge of Ludwig II, daily.
Alongside Schloss Neuschwanstein, Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Herrenchiemsee are considered the “Ludwig castles” and are some of the most popular getaway destinations in Bavaria.
- Built on a jagged cliff 200 meters (600 feet) above the valley floor
- Open to the public since August 1, 1886, barely a month after Ludwig’s death
- Modern technology in a medieval guise
- The model for the Sleeping Beauty castles in the Disney parks