It all started in the Nympenburg Palace near Munich where baby Ludwig was born. Perhaps it was this handsome palace that inspired him later on to be the whimsical builder he eventually became. His grandfather recognized in him at an early age his ability to design and build structures that were most impressive. He would carry out several constructions but only finish one.
Neuschwanstein Castle in Schwangau was left mostly finished at Ludwig’s death and to this day has his grand bathing room which is nothing more than bare walls and architectural sketches. As part of his royal school curriculum Ludwig learned the arts, music, math and science; his love for new inventions continued into his adulthood and is reflected in the interior of Neuschwanstein with murals, art and his lavish throne room which features religious and science components.
Of Ludwig’s list of palaces and castles he endeavoured, Linderhof was the only one completed by the time of his mysterious death at the age of 40. Unique systems such as a table that rose from the kitchen into his private dinning room meant Ludwig never had to see or be seen by anyone and could dine alone. Later on in life his single servant was required to wear a black mask so Ludwig did not have to see his face.