Surrounded by the mountain landscape of isolated Graswang valley lies Linderhof, the smallest of the residences of Bavarian King Ludwig II, jet the most favourite one.
It was first a Benedictine property acquired later by Linder family, who gave the present name to the place. The existing hunting lodge was bought by Maximilian II, the father of Ludwig II.
Inspired by a visit to Versailles Ludwig commissioned to his architect Georg Dollmann a project resembling elaborate Rococo style of Louis XIV, but built not as an representative official residence of the king, but rather as a private retreat with plenty of intimate space for undisturbed life.
The largest room of the palace is Bed Chamber dominated by a large bed covered with blue silk under a canopy with Bavarian coat of arms.
Near the bedroom there is the splendid Hall of Mirrors dominated by lavish gold stuccoes with addition of white pieces of walls and blue linen. The large mirrors are set around the room making infinite reflections, that the king could admire while sitting on a coach.
Despite of the name East and West Gobelin Rooms do not feature tapestries, but set into golden frames wall paintings resembling Gobelins commissioned by H. von Pechmann. The furniture is, however, a creation of Paris Gobelin Factory. The dining room decorated with white pieces of Meissen porcelain feature a curious dining table, which could be raised, or lowered from the kitchen below. Numerous marble steps and white cascade terraces are made in harmony with the green of the trees. Thorough the park are scattered various exotic structures constructed especially for Ludwig.
Covering over 198 acres the Linderhof Park follows the natural terrain shape of the hill surrounding the property. The Hunding’s Hut is a wooden cottage built around the real tree creating the background from the Wagner’s drama ‘Die Walkure’ as seen by the king in Munich. The Moorish Kiosk is a lavishly decorated in oriental style pavilon for midnight banquet with the king.
Another scenery from Wagner’s opera is the Venus Grotto, an artificial cave with a large pool lit by underwater lighting, an illusionary world entered after passing the ‘open sesame’ moving stone.
The Linderhof Castle is located close to Garmish-Partenkirchen, within an hour drive from another Ludwig ‘s residence Neuschwanstein. It is easy to visit both castles during a day trip from Munich. The nearby Oberammergau is widely known for its Passion play performed since 1663.