Source: Bavaria’s Royal Enigma Still Fascinates


The article is about the extraordinary German King Ludwig II and his castle, Neuschwanstein. Include the castle, things he made are spark the imagination of people around the world. The world is sold an image that every Bavarian is a kind of Ludwig, obviously that isn’t true, but tourism promoters consciously push the idea. Ludwig is one of the biggest things Bavaria has to offer. Not many people object to the marketing. After touring the 15 completed rooms of the 80-room castle, many visitors snap up picture books and souvenir beer mugs, pocket knives, spoons, thimbles, bookmarks, ash trays and letter-openers. The Bavarian government has violated Ludwig’s wish that Neuschwanstein be kept closed and never be “profaned by the inquisitive.”