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This post was originally published on October 29, 2014 and updated on July 30, 2019.
We weren’t allowed to take photos inside the castle, unfortunately, but I snuck one of the view from the window up there:
The interior of the castle is NOTHING like the exterior. It’s very dark and dramatic, though richly decorated. Ludwig II was a big fan of Richard Wagner, the opera composer. Each room in the castle has the theme of one of his operas. For example, the throne room had images from Siegfried. And it was awesome, especially the giant, crown-shaped chandelier, complete with glass “jewels”. However, the room had no actual throne. Kind Ludwig II died before the castle was complete so there was never a need for a throne there. They opened the castle as a tourist attraction within six weeks of his death. Too soon?
His bedroom’s theme was Tristan and Isolde and was most impressive. The guide said it took several woodworkers four years to finish the wood carving for that one room. The walls had intricate wood paneling and there was a built-in wooden wash stand with a silver-plated swan whose mouth was the water faucet. Most impressive was the bed, a heavy, carved-oak thing with sumptuous tapestry drapes. The top of it was a mass of wooden spires made to resemble church steeples. It was very frustrating to not be allowed to take photos!
After about 45 minutes in the castle, we spilled out the opposite stairwell and practically tumbled down the hill to the ticket office area just in time to get on the bus to go home, tired but happy.
Due to a railway strike and the gorgeous weather, the highways were stacked up. We got back to Munich at least two hours after the tour was scheduled to end. But it was worth it!
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