Linderhof Palace

Linderhof, Germany

Linderhof is the smallest of the three palaces built by King Ludwig II of Bavaria and the only one which he lived to see completed.

Ludwig II, who was crowned king in 1864, began his building activities in 1867-1868 by redesigning his rooms in the Munich Residenz and laying the foundation stone of Neuschwanstein Castle. In 1868 he was already making his first plans for Linderhof. However, neither the palace modelled on Versailles that was to be sited on the floor of the valley nor the large Byzantine palace envisaged by Ludwig II were ever built.

Instead, the new building developed around the forester's house belonging to his father Maximilian II, which was located in the open space in front of the present palace and was used by the king when crown prince on hunting expeditions with his father. Linderhof Palace, the eventual result of a long period of building and rebuilding, is the only large palace King Ludwig II lived to see completed.

In 1869 Ludwig II had the forester's house rebuilt and appointed as the 'Royal Lodge'. In 1870, under the supervision of the court building director Georg Dollmann, a wing with a single axis was added. While this extension was still being completed, the original plans for the building were substantially revised.

From spring 1871 a second wing was built to match the first extension, with a bedroom forming the connection between the two wings. A wooden staircase on the west side provided access to the u-shaped complex built around an open courtyard, and the Royal Lodge thus became superfluous; the initial retention of this building indicates the king's emotional attachment to it.

The complex thus created forms the core of the palace. Its upper floor was a wooden post and beam construction clad with boards, while the lower floor was plastered; because of the wooden structures it was known as the 'Alpine Hut Building'. Its simple exterior, however, gave no hint of the splendour inside.

An overall architectural solution was however necessary to unite the results of the piecemeal construction process. In February 1873, King Ludwig II approved a plan which established the final design of the palace. First the wooden construction was clad with solid stone and covered with a cross-shaped complex of new roofs. This section of the building formed the core of the new palace, but it still had no interior staircase.

On 20.1.1874 the king gave permission for the 'Royal Lodge' to be moved to its present location, around 200 metres away, and the new south tract was built in its place. It was only now that the exterior of the palace acquired its final form, and the vestibule and staircase were incorporated in the interior. By 1876 work on the interior of the south tract was also complete.

The transformation of the 'Alpine Hut Building' into the 'Royal Villa' had marked consequences for its surroundings. In 1874 the final plans for the park were submitted by court garden director Carl Joseph von Effner.



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Founded: 1868
Category: Palaces, manors and town halls in Germany
Historical period: German Empire (Germany)


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Rawad Elias (11 months ago)
Amazing palace with a beautiful garden and a wonderful setting with the mountains in the backdrop. It really is a very relaxing scene with plenty of things to see and explore. It’s really nice to see how well it was preserved and being taken of. It’s very reasonably priced. Parking is about €3 and admission to the palace and hunting hut is €10. Really cool place to check out.
Nguyen Nguyen (12 months ago)
We did an English tour of the palace and it was nice. You tour a few beautiful rooms full of gold, a massive bed, and some beautiful art and antiques, and the whole tour is about 25 minutes. No pictures allowed, but dogs are allowed inside if they’re carried. The grounds are lovely. The gift shop has good variety and there’s a cafe. Parking cost 3€. I would recommend coming early to beat the crowds and book your tour online.
Matt Sigal (14 months ago)
One of our favorite palaces to visit and the one where Ludwig II lived the most time. Massive fountain... just wait for the timed display. The best part was that nearly the whole Palace is available to tour (most others tour a very limited portion). The palace is in excellent shape, as are the gardens and fountains. Also much easier to get in to the tour than some other.
Shamima Akhter Shanchi (16 months ago)
Such a Beautiful place. In summer the palace looks spectacular. From April to October you can take a visit inside the Castle and the tickets are only 10 euro per person. It’s amazing inside the king residence. There are very good English speaking tour guides who can explain very nicely to the non-german speaker visitors. The whole palace area is so peaceful and well maintained. You can just sit and relax under a tree. It’s also looks beautiful in winter specially with snow. But I would recommend you to visit is summer. It looks more lively in Summer.
Baron Migs (20 months ago)
So I was a bit let down at first. When you see the palace from the outside you’ll see it’s not very big. And you wonder why it’s even called a palace. The first room you walk into is definitely beautiful, but still not as extravagant as I expected. Then you get up stairs and it blows your mind. Definitely a decor to impress. It’s a light walk up from the ticket office. They will not let you take pictures inside. Still it’s breath taking, but a very short tour. Maybe 30 minutes max
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