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The 125th Anniversary of the Death of King Ludwig II (Terrific Photos)
The Atlantic ^ | 6/13/2011 | Alan Taylor

Posted on 06/14/2011 1:13:25 PM PDT by mojito

A hundred twenty-five years ago, Bavaria's "Maerchenkoenig" (or "Fairy-tale King") Ludwig II died under very mysterious circumstances at the age of 40, his body found floating in Lake Starnberg, south of Munich. Today, Ludwig remains famous for the castles he built and attempted to build, most notably Neuschwanstein Castle, perched high in the Alpine foothills.

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; History; Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: bavaria; germany; wagner
A little something for German history buffs and Wagnerians. Fabulous photos.
1 posted on 06/14/2011 1:13:34 PM PDT by mojito
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To: mojito

Spectacular.

God help us if the Muslims get control of Europe’s magnificent Catholic cathedrals, museums and castles.

I’m very weak on German history, any recommended tomes?


2 posted on 06/14/2011 1:19:50 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: mojito

I drove by Neuschwanstein several times while stationed in Europe. It looks like something out of a Disney fairy tale. I’ve got a really great picture of it.


3 posted on 06/14/2011 1:20:02 PM PDT by Ax
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To: mojito

Agreed, great photography. Brought back many memories of visiting there while in the US Army. Thanks for posting...


4 posted on 06/14/2011 1:21:48 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Ax
The story goes that Walt Disney loved it so much he used it as inspiration for the them park castles...so yeah...

There's an old German drinking song about Ludwig - I don't remember it because I last participated 20 years ago, and wasn't anything close to sober when I learned it, but it pays homage to the fact that Ludwig was a little...off...

5 posted on 06/14/2011 1:22:28 PM PDT by NorCoGOP (Obama's approval ratings: so low that Kenyans now accuse him of being born in the USA)
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To: Ax
It looks like something out of a Disney fairy tale

That's because Disney modeled their castle off of Neuschwanstein. Hint if you actually go: Either wear good walking shoes or pay for a ride up. It's a long way.

6 posted on 06/14/2011 1:24:09 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: mojito

A feast for the eyes, and truly delicious.

Thanks for posting this!


7 posted on 06/14/2011 1:26:51 PM PDT by CaptainPhilFan
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To: mojito

Been there... have been in the castle... have seen his bed... a most beautiful place.

LLS


8 posted on 06/14/2011 1:27:03 PM PDT by LibLieSlayer (WOLVERINES... a Conservative subsidiary of Reagan's party)
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To: EyeGuy

Gordon Craig’s Germany 1866-1945 is the standard tome, and a good long summer read.

http://www.amazon.com/Germany-1866-1945-Oxford-History-Modern/dp/0195027248/ref=pd_sim_b_2


9 posted on 06/14/2011 1:27:28 PM PDT by mojito
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To: EyeGuy

“Germany: Unraveling an Enigma” by Greg Nees gets great reviews.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 1:30:24 PM PDT by what's up
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To: mojito

We were there a few years back. The English tour was not until afternoon, so we opted for the German one. They spoke really fast with lots of adjectives I had not yet learned in German III.


11 posted on 06/14/2011 1:30:30 PM PDT by bboop (Stealth Tutor)
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To: mojito

well worth a look...amaaaaazing.thankss


12 posted on 06/14/2011 1:31:02 PM PDT by razbinn (I pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America,and to the republic for which it ...)
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To: mojito

13 posted on 06/14/2011 1:31:16 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: mojito

You wonder if it wasn't this kind of stuff that inspired Tolkein. Neuschwanstein Castle practically screams Arnor or Gondor.

14 posted on 06/14/2011 1:33:23 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: mojito

His death MUST have been Bush’s fault!!! And THAT is no fairy tale!


15 posted on 06/14/2011 1:35:02 PM PDT by Mr. Jazzy (The United States Marine Corps, your greatest friend or your worst enemy. YOU choose.)
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To: mojito
The most spectacular place i've ever stood on this earth.

Would like to know how the psychiatrist ended up a dead floater too.

16 posted on 06/14/2011 1:36:27 PM PDT by The Good Doctor (Democracy is the only system where you can vote for a tax that you can avoid the obligation to pay.)
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To: mojito

Thanks. I saved all 30.


17 posted on 06/14/2011 1:39:59 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: mojito

Thanks. I saved all 30.


18 posted on 06/14/2011 1:40:06 PM PDT by Surrounded_too
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To: mojito

Got to indulge myself one last pic. Now that's a view.

19 posted on 06/14/2011 1:42:21 PM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: mojito; what's up

Thanks, fellas!


20 posted on 06/14/2011 1:51:06 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: mojito

I was there in October 2007.

I just took out my photo album to refresh my memory on the smaller home of Ludwig, called Schloss Linderhoff.

There is a wonderful fountain on the grounds,of King Neptune with 3 horses rearing up he he drives the chariot through the waters. Even the rainy day I was there couldn’t ruin the beauty of that sight.


21 posted on 06/14/2011 1:53:55 PM PDT by TheConservativeParty (PALIN 45 The cure for "meet the new boss, same as the old boss." I Heart Herman Cain..)
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To: mojito

Thank you for posting that.

Take your breath away beautiful.


22 posted on 06/14/2011 1:54:08 PM PDT by CornBred
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To: EyeGuy
The work of Gordon Craig (1913-2005). Specifically, his book The Germans (1981).
23 posted on 06/14/2011 1:56:10 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: nomorelurker

self ping took look at pictures again later.


24 posted on 06/14/2011 1:56:47 PM PDT by nomorelurker
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To: mojito
I visited Neuschwanstein several times, with family and friends. It is one of my favorite spots in all the world.

I always had to wonder how someone who grew up in all that natural beauty that is the Alps could grow up to become a Hitler...

25 posted on 06/14/2011 1:56:47 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: mojito

I bicycled through Europe many years ago, the summer after I graduated from prep school, and Neuschwanstein Castle was one of the places I visited. I loved it, and I loved the Tyrolean Alps.

If you ever want to go hiking, I can’t think of a better place to do it. You can stop in a hostel or a bed and breakfast every evening and put down the local beer. Or you can do as I did, and strap a sleeping bag and poncho on the back of your bike.

I even bought a pair of lederhosen and a green felt hat with a feather in its band, when I went through there. Keep in mind, I was only 18.


26 posted on 06/14/2011 1:58:35 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: mojito

Sad. All that money and position and the poor bastard couldn’t swim.


27 posted on 06/14/2011 2:05:17 PM PDT by Rich21IE
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To: mojito
There was a full-motion-video game done in 1995 by Sierra, The beast within, that featured a lot of elements pertaining to Ludwig and his castles.
28 posted on 06/14/2011 2:07:15 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: Surrounded_too

“Thanks. I saved all 30.”

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Me too.

At the higher resolution option.


29 posted on 06/14/2011 2:07:50 PM PDT by EyeGuy (2012: When the Levee Breaks)
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To: mojito

Absolutley a great achievement. US cannot even build a fence on its border.


30 posted on 06/14/2011 2:08:25 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Tough enough to have survived the end of the world)
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To: mojito

Absolutley a great achievement. US cannot even build a fence on its border.


31 posted on 06/14/2011 2:08:38 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Tough enough to have survived the end of the world)
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To: mojito

Absolutley a great achievement. US cannot even build a fence on its border.


32 posted on 06/14/2011 2:08:55 PM PDT by School of Rational Thought (Tough enough to have survived the end of the world)
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To: Free Vulcan
Here's a little travelogue I found from Baden-Württemburg, west of Ludwig II's Bavaria.

The first castle in the show is on the site of the ancestral home of the Hohenzollern, the Second Reich's last rulers. Although some of its foundations date back to around 1100, it was built largely between 1840 and 1880, making it contemporary with Neuschwanstein.

33 posted on 06/14/2011 2:09:05 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: mojito
Thank-you, this is fascinating....beautiful pictures.

My husband has been to that castle.

34 posted on 06/14/2011 2:12:54 PM PDT by Guenevere (....)
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To: Free Vulcan

That one is truly breathtaking.


35 posted on 06/14/2011 2:13:59 PM PDT by Ramius (Personally, I give us... one chance in three. More tea?)
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To: basil
Here's part of W.H. Auden's poem September 1, 1939:

Accurate scholarship can
Unearth the whole offence
From Luther until now
That has driven a culture mad,
Find what occurred at Linz,
What huge imago made
A psychopathic god:
I and the public know
What all schoolchildren learn,
Those to whom evil is done
Do evil in return.

Exiled Thucydides knew
All that a speech can say
About Democracy,
And what dictators do,
The elderly rubbish they talk
To an apathetic grave;
Analysed all in his book,
The enlightenment driven away,
The habit-forming pain,
Mismanagement and grief:
We must suffer them all again.

36 posted on 06/14/2011 2:15:14 PM PDT by Erasmus (I love "The Raven," but then what do I know? I'm just a poetaster.)
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To: JoeProBono

37 posted on 06/14/2011 2:17:53 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: JoeProBono

38 posted on 06/14/2011 2:19:25 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Vroomfondel

bflr


39 posted on 06/14/2011 2:22:21 PM PDT by Vroomfondel
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To: mojito

I stayed in one of those castles in Bayreuth, years ago. My parents were big Wagnerians, friends of the family.


40 posted on 06/14/2011 2:36:49 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: mojito

I was privileged to see all three of Ludwig’s castles while I was stationed in Germany: Neuschwanstein, Linderhof, and Herrenchiemsee.

Linderhof near Berchtesgaden was the only one that was completed inside and out. A miniature of Versailles, with a bronze heroic of Louis XIV inside the entrance. Ludwig saluted the statue of his favorite monarch whenever he entered.

Herrenchiemsee is largely unfinished on the inside though it has a grand copy of the Versailles hall of mirrors.

Neuschwanstein - what’s to add, except in each castle you will see the unique dining arrangements, since the eccentric Ludwig insisted that his meals be served by dumbwaiter. “The table you set yourself” is how the guides describe them.

And his death? Ludwig bankrupted the Bavarian treasury, Bavarian autonomy had obstructed Bismarck’s consolidation of the new German empire, and eliminating the mad unmarried childless king only made perfect Machiavellian sense.


41 posted on 06/14/2011 2:58:11 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("Deport Muslims. Nuke Mecca. Death to Islam. Freedom for mankind.")
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To: Erasmus

That pretty well says it all..........


42 posted on 06/14/2011 3:26:39 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Erasmus

That pretty well says it all..........


43 posted on 06/14/2011 3:26:43 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Erasmus

This is the area my Father came from Dunnigen near Rottweil.


44 posted on 06/14/2011 3:30:50 PM PDT by eleb
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To: mojito

Great photos!


45 posted on 06/15/2011 6:30:35 PM PDT by Swede Girl
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