Linderhof Castle, Germany

Linderhof Castle

King Ludwig II of Bavaria decided to build Linderhof Palace in a rugged mountain region, after one of his visits in Versailles, Paris.
He was impressed by Versailles’ magnificence and started his plans for the site. Designed by the architect Georg Dollman, the Palace was built as a monument of Ludwig’s “absolute power” and was used more as a private retreat than as a representative building.

Linderhof Castle, Germany Linderhof Castle, Germany
Linderhof Castle, Germany The Castle’s architectural style is “Rococo”.

The Palace is surrounded by formal gardens divided into five sections, decorated with allegoric sculptures of the continents. The main façade has big terraces and a nice fountain in front. In the middle there is a gilded group of Flora and her Nymphs, in the center of which sprouts a 30-meter-high fountain.

Linderhof Castle Fountain, Germany Linderhof Castle Fountain, Germany

Three terraces, known as the “Linderbichl”, were designed after an Italian garden style. On the stairs there are numerous vases and ornamental flower beds highlighted with bell-shaped fountains. In the middle of the terrace complex there is a grotto-like niche, containing a bust of Queen Marie Antoinette of France.

Linderbichl Terraces - Linderhof Castle, Germany Queen Marie Antoinette of France - Linderhof Castle, Germany
Water Cascade - Linderhof Castle, Germany The steep slopes, rising towards the “Hennenkopf” on the north side of the palace, were used to create a cascade, where water flows down over 30 steps and surrounded with stone vases.

At the bottom of the cascade there is a fountain with a Neptune group spouting water and a flowerbed with shape of a Bourbon lily.

The interior of the Palace is amazing, but unfortunately picturing is not allowed. In the centre of the Entrance Hall stands Louis XIV of France statue. The motto of the Burbons “Nec Pluribus Impar” – “Not less than any” appears over an allegorical head at the centre of the ceiling’s blazing sun. This is Ludwig’s tribute to the Burbon kings, whose family line he could link with his own, as his grandfather Ludwig I was the godson of Louis XVI of France.

The Moorish Kiosk was designed as a sales Pavilion for the 1867 World Exhibition in Paris, but in 1876 it was
purchased by King Ludwig II and was placed  in Linderhof park area.

Linderhof Palace is very impressive and fabulous, it is really a great architectural achievement.

 

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Moorish Kiosk - Linderhof Palace, Germany

 

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Linderhof Castle, Germany

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