Linderhof Palace

Linderhof Palace is a jewel in the Bavarian Alps, an opulent retreat built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria. An exquisite example of French Rococo architecture nestled among lush gardens, the palace offers a surreal journey into the mind of a whimsical king. Read more

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Located near Ettal in southern Germany, Linderhof Palace was one of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II, often known as "Mad King Ludwig" for his extravagant projects and idiosyncrasies. Linderhof is the smallest but arguably the most refined of these estates, displaying Ludwig's deep admiration for French culture and Versailles. While the palace itself is compact, it's a masterpiece of intricate design and grandeur, encapsulating the king's taste for the extravagant.
The interior is filled with an astonishing amount of gold leaf, ornate mirrors, and elaborate tapestries. One of its most famous rooms is the Hall of Mirrors, designed for solitude rather than social events, where the king often dined alone. The Venus Grotto, an artificial cave built on the palace grounds, includes a lake and is illuminated in a way that mimics natural light at different times of day; it stands as a testament to Ludwig's love for theatrical settings.
The landscaped gardens surrounding the palace are just as grand. With a blend of formal layouts and English-style natural sections, these gardens are home to elaborate fountains, classical statues, and a Moroccan-style kiosk. The grounds provide a serene yet theatrical backdrop for the equally dramatic interiors of the palace.

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The most famous sights
What to do in Linderhof Palace

Hall of Mirrors

Discover the king's penchant for solitude in this opulent hall adorned with endless mirrors and gold accents.

Venus Grotto

Experience the spectacle of this man-made cave complete with a lake, evoking a world of fantasy and drama.

Linderhof Gardens

Walk through these magnificent gardens, featuring ornamental flower beds, terraces, and water features.

The Music Pavilion

A stunning garden feature where small musical performances can sometimes be enjoyed.

Fountain of Neptune

A magnificent fountain that represents Neptune, the god of the sea, surrounded by ornate sculptures.

Moroccan House

Visit this fascinating kiosk that was actually part of a world exposition before King Ludwig purchased it.

The Hunting Lodge

A small yet charming hunting lodge located a short walk away from the palace, showcasing hunting artifacts.

The Chapel

An elegant structure within the grounds, reflecting Ludwig's religious sentiments.

Ettal Monastery

Located nearby, this historic Benedictine monastery is well worth a visit for its stunning Baroque architecture.

Graswang Valley

Take a trek through this nearby scenic valley, perfect for hiking and nature photography.

What else to visit
In and around Linderhof Palace

Oberammergau (8.29 km)

Oberammergau is a picturesque mountain town in the heart of Bavaria, Germany, known for its traditional woodcarving skills and world-famous Passion Play, which takes place once every ten years.

Ettal Abbey (10.07 km)

Set against the backdrop of the Bavarian Alps, is not only a place of religious significance but also an architectural marvel and cultural hub. This enchanting abbey attracts pilgrims, tourists, and history enthusiasts alike.

Zugspitze (13.03 km)

Zugspitze boasts the title of Germany's highest peak. At a staggering 2,962 meters above sea level, it promises breathtaking vistas, alpine adventures, and an exhilarating blend of German and Austrian mountain culture.

Plansee (13.42 km)

Plansee, nestled in the heart of the Austrian Alps, is a stunning natural lake that offers serene beauty and a multitude of outdoor activities. Surrounded by majestic mountains and lush forests, it's a perfect retreat for nature lovers.

Garmisch-Partenkirchen (13.54 km)

Nestled in the heart of the Bavarian Alps, Garmisch-Partenkirchen is a quintessential German resort town brimming with Alpine charm, known worldwide for its excellent winter sports, particularly skiing, and rich cultural heritage.

Neuschwanstein Castle (15.91 km)

Perched majestically atop the Bavarian Alps, Neuschwanstein Castle emerges like a fairy tale brought to life, its turrets and towers epitomizing the dreamlike fantasies of a bygone king.

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