Small Yet Impressive Linderhof Palace in Bavaria, Germany
Even though it is the smallest palace ever commissioned by King Ludwig II, the Linderhof Palace is a remarkable landmark and one of the most important tourist destinations in Bavaria, Germany. The palace was originally a “Königshäuschen” that was passed to King Ludwig II from his father, King Maximilian II, but Ludwing wanted to create something truly spectacular on the site and so he decided to destroy the building in 1874 in order to facilitate the construction of a true, majestic palace.
It is worth noting that Ludwig was a great admirer of the French Sun-King Louis XIV and of his famous Versailles palace, from which he borrowed certain design elements. Consequently, the Linderhof Palace was sketched out following the design principles of the second rococo-period, more specifically the mid-18th century Rococo of Louis XV. That being said, one of the most recognizable symbols of the French king, the Sun, can be found in each and every room of the Linderhof Palace, while another similarity comes in the form of a very large bedroom. However, this bedroom does not face south as it does in the Versailles palace, but in the opposite direction, since Ludwig II often regarded himself as a “Night King”.
Due to its rather small size compared to other royal palaces, the Linderhof has a certain private allure, and only 4 of its rooms are of any real significance. These rooms include the “Hall of Mirrors”, the “Audience Chamber”, the “Bedchamber” and the “Dining Room”. The Bedchamber was one of the most important rooms in the building, but it could only be finished completely after the King’s death. The Hall of Mirrors worked as a living room where Ludwig would often spend the nights reading. Since the King was known to sleep during the day and lay awake at night, he enjoyed they way the mirrors would reflect the light of the candles thus creating the illusion of a much more lively and welcoming setting. The Audience Chamber is a rather unusual addition for a small palace such as the Linderhof, but it stands as a testament to the King’s importance and role in society. Ludwig often used this room to ponder on his future projects. Last but not least, the Dining Room featured a disappearing dumb-waiter called “Tischlein deck dich” – a table at which the King dined alone.
As far as the outdoors is concerned, the palace is surrounded by a series of lovely formal gardens that feature fantastic sculptures depicting the elements, seasons and continents. There is also a vast landscape garden that spreads across 50 acres and includes numerous important buildings such as the Moorish Kiosk or the Venus Grotto.