King Ludwig II eccentric behaviour and a passion for spending money, may have contributed to grant him the nickname of Mad Ludwig but he certainly knew how to built palaces and castles.
Ludwig used his personal fortune to fund the construction of a series of elaborate castles, which have become a huge tourist draw and a vital source of income for the state of Bavaria. Three of the most famous are the Neuschwanstein, Linderhof and Herrenchiemsee. Today I'm posting here a card of the Herrenchiemsee Palace sent by Michèle.
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In 1873 King Ludwig II of Bavaria acquired the Herreninsel as the location for his Royal Palace of Herrenchiemsee (New Palace). Modelled on Versailles, this palace was built as a "Temple of Fame" for King Louis XIV of France, whom the Bavarian monarch fervently admired.
The actual building of this "Bavarian Versailles", which was begun in 1878 from plans by Georg Dollmann, was preceded by a total of 13 planning stages. When Ludwig II died in 1886 the palace was still incomplete, and sections of it were later demolished.
The highlights of the large state rooms are the State Staircase, the State Bedroom and the Great Hall of Mirrors. The king's own rooms were in the intimate Small Apartment, designed in the French rococo style.
In 1876 Court Garden Director Carl von Effner completed the plans for a large garden resembling that of Versailles. When the king died, only the sections along the main axis with their famous fountains and waterworks had been completed. - in: http://www.herrenchiemsee.de/englisch/n_palace/