Ludwig II of Bavaria
Born in Nymphenburg palace, near Munich, he was the son of Maximilian II of Bavaria and Princess Marie of Prussia. Ludwig ascended to the Bavarian throne at age 18 following his father's death. He was by all accounts strange to begin with, and as his rule progressed, he became even more antisocial and withdrew into seclusion in the Alps most of the time, where he built several expensive fairytale castles. The most famous, Neue Burg Hohenschwangau (now known as Neuschwanstein), was not completed until years after his death, and is now a popular tourist attraction.
Mystery surrounds his death by drowning in Lake Starnberg in Berg, south of Munich.
- Linderhof palace
- Neuschwanstein castle, built next to his father's castle: Hohenschwangau castle.
- Schachen king's house