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Linderhof Palace, Bavaria Germany

Linderhof Palace (German: Schloss Linderhof) is in Germany, in southwest Bavaria near Ettal Abbey. It 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 already knew the area around Linderhof from his youth when he had accompanied his father King Maximilian II of Bavaria on his hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps. When Ludwig II became king in 1864 he inherited the so-called Königshäuschen from his father, and in 1869 began enlarging the building. In 1874 he decided to tear down the Königshäuschen and rebuild it on its present-day location in the park. At the same time three new rooms and the staircase were added to the remaining U-shaped complex, and the previous wooden exterior was clad with stone façades. The building was designed in the style of the second rococo-period.

Ludwig already knew the area around Linderhof from his youth when he had accompanied his father King Maximilian II of Bavaria on his hunting trips in the Bavarian Alps. When Ludwig II became king in 1864 he inherited the so-called Königshäuschen from his father, and in 1869 began enlarging the building. In 1874 he decided to tear down the Königshäuschen and rebuild it on its present-day location in the park. At the same time three new rooms and the staircase were added to the remaining U-shaped complex, and the previous wooden exterior was clad with stone façades. The building was designed in the style of the second rococo-period.

The gardens surrounding Linderhof Palace are considered one of the most beautiful creations of historicist garden design, designed by Court Garden Director Carl von Effner. The park combines formal elements of Baroque style or Italian Renaissance gardens with landscaped sections that are similar to the English garden.

Opening hours

Linderhof Palace
April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm
16 October-March: 10 am-4 pm
open daily

Grotto
April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm
open daily
closed from 16 October to March

Moroccan House and Moorish Kiosk
beginning of April-15 October: 9 am-6 pm
open daily
closed from 16 October to March

Hunding’s Hut and Gurnemanz Hermitage
mid May-15 October: 9 am-6 pm
open daily
closed from 16 October to April

Exhibition at the Royal Lodge
April-15 October: daily 10 am-5 pm
16 October- 31 March: every Sunday and 1 November / 26 December / 6 January and Good Friday from 10 am to 3 pm

In winter the park buildings (except the Royal Lodge) are closed.

All buildings are closed on:  1 January, Shrove Tuesday, 24 / 25 / 31 December

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