Schloss Linderhof in the hinterland of Munich.

Schloss Linderhof

King Ludwig's favourite palace

The perfect insight into the life of Bavaria's Fairytale King: Schloss Linderhof (palace) was Ludwig II's favourite and the place where he spent most of his time.

Schloss Linderhof: Information and tips

- About the origins of Schloss Linderhof
- Linderhof gardens and park
- Venus grotto closed for restoration
- Sustainability at the courtyard
- How to get to Schloss Linderhof by car or public transport
- Schloss Linderhof: Opening Hours and Ticket Shop

 

Located close to the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen in the Ammergauer Alps, King Ludwig II created Schloss Linderhof as a place of retreat. He wanted it to be a palace for him and him alone, a wish that is clearly reflected in the size of the rooms. Linderhof is the smallest of the fairy-tale king’s three castles and the only one completed during his lifetime.

 

About the origins of Schloss Linderhof

Schloss Linderhof was built from 1872 to 1878 and was designed to be a rococo-style royal villa after his original idea to build a magnificent Versailles-inspired palace had already been brought to life in Herrenchiemsee.

Ludwig II was a great admirer of the Sun King Louis XIV and longed for the return of French-style absolutism. His passion is reflected in the interior décor of Schloss Linderhof: Scenes from life in the palace of Versailles and portraits of French courtiers and mistresses adorn the ceilings and walls.

The admiration he felt for Louis was also expressed by an unusual habit he picked up in his later years: While Ludwig ate alone, he often held civilised conversations with a table of imaginary guests from the French royal court, such as King Louis XIV or Madame Pompadour.

Linderhof gardens and park

The grounds at Schloss Linderhof are equally as impressive as the palace itself. The flower gardens that surround the palace draw on motifs from baroque and rococo garden design. The extensive park on the other hand is an English-style landscaped garden with groups of trees and winding pathways.

 

Venus Grotto closed for restoration

One of the park's highlights is without a doubt the “Venusgrotte” (Venus Grotto), an artificial cave that was equipped with electrical lighting and heating. Sometimes Ludwig would have his staff row him across the lake in a gold-plated shell-shaped boat while musicians played in the background. Unfortunately, the grotto is due to remain closed to visitors until the end of 2024 due to restoration work.

Sustainability at the court

The castle and garden administration has been operating a wood chip heating system since November 2008, which is powered by its own wood. This wood comes from their own park and forest maintenance and therefore does not have to be bought in. The lighting in the castle, all showrooms and the Maurischer Kiosk has been converted to LED and regular care is taken to keep electricity consumption as low as possible.

 

How to get to Schloss Linderhof by car or public transport

You can reach Schloss Linderhof from Munich easily by car or coach. Take the A95 motorway and the road B2 to Oberau. Follow the signs in Oberau to the road B23 (Ettaler Strasse). Outside Ettal turn left to the road St2060. In Linderhof turn right to reach the palace. There are parking facilities for 550 cars and 14 coaches available (with costs).

Public transport: Take the train to Oberammergau. From Oberammergau there is a bus connection to Linderhof (bus 9622).

Schloss Linderhof: Opening Hours and Ticket Shop

Fancy a visit to Linderhof Palace? Here you can find all the information about opening hours, prices and tickets for Linderhof Palace.

 

Frequently asked questions about Schloss Linderhof

 

Schloss Linderhof is the only major palace that King Ludwig II lived to see completed and where he also spent time. Even as a teenager, Ludwig II accompanied his father hunting in the Graswang Valley. Back then, the two of them spent the night in his father's hunting lodge, which was located on the forecourt of Schloss Linderhof.

Schloss Linderhof can only be visited as part of a booked guided tour. This takes about 25 minutes.

Under King Ludwig II, the palace and park were built between 1869 and 1878, taking their name “Linderhof“ from an estate belonging to the Ettal monastery.

After the end of the monarchy in 1918, the Free State of Bavaria took over the administration: the Bayerische Verwaltung der staatliche Schlösser, Gärten und Seen, also known as the Bavarian Palace Administration, takes care of all matters and has set itself the goal of filling the historic buildings with life.

The shortest route between Schloss Linderhof and Schloss Neuschwanstein is 45 kilometres and leads through Austria.

 

 

Photo: Frank Stolle
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King Ludwig's favourite castle

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Schloss Linderhof (Linderhof Palace) was Ludwig II’s favourite and the place where he spent most of his time.

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