After visiting Neuschwanstein Castle we headed for Grobweil but realised that another of King Ludwig II’s palace’s was on the way.

Linderhof Palace is the smallest of his three palaces with many features based on the french palace of Versailles, it is evident that the palace of the French “Sun King” Louis XIV was its inspiration. The staircase, for example, is a reproduction of the famous Ambassador’s staircase in Versailles, which Ludwig would later copy in full in Herrenchiemsee. Stylistically, however, the building and its decor take their cues from the mid-18th century Rococo design. The symbol of the sun can be found everywhere in the decoration of the rooms an represents the French notion of absolutism that, for Ludwig, was the perfect incorporation of his ideal of a God-given monarchy with total royal power.

Outside of the palace are beautiful gardens which again reflect French styling and were set into five sections each reflecting the seasons and the elements.

In the upper gardens he also had a grotto built. The Venus Grotto is wholly artificial and was built for the king as an illustration of the First Act of Wagner’s opera “Tannhäuser”. Ludwig liked to be rowed over the lake in his golden swan-boat but at the same time he wanted his own blue grotto of Capri.

The grounds also feature two Moroccan style pavilions.

Just as we left Linderhof it started raining and continued to rain for most of the evening.

(We weren’t strictly allowed to take photos inside the palace so all these interiors were taken without them knowing!)