Random Memories of Germany- Our Favorite Castles Part 2

23 Aug


Judy Wills

As I mentioned in a previous post about Linderhof, Ludwig was a great friend of Richard Wagner, composer.  Many, many of the paintings in Newschwanstein deal with different scenes in Wagner’s operas.  

1875 – Richard Wagner

There is only one room in the castle that didn’t have a wooden ceiling – and it was a painting in his dressing room by Eduard Ille.

The Dressing Room – notice the ceiling – not wood

Personally, I am enthralled with the wooden ceilings!  But then, you might remember my post about wood inlay and how much I enjoy the workmanship that goes into that artistry.  So all the woodwork in this castle appealed to me greatly.

Also in the dressing room is a “pottery toilet-set by Mettlach majolica ware (by Villeroy and Boch – some of our favorite).”  There is iron-work on all the doors in the castle, but it is reported that the iron-work on the door between the living room and the dressing room is probably the finest of the whole castle.  The detail in the iron-work is impressive.

If you remember my post from August 9, 2020, you will see the picture of the King’s bedroom in Linderhof.  It is magnificent.  However, the King’s bedroom in Neuschwanstein is not nearly as elaborate as the one in Linderhof.

The Kings Bedroom at Neuschwanstein

However, it is magnificent in it’s own right.  As I said – lots of wood – paneling and ceiling.  Also, the Bavarian blue was Ludwig’s favorite color, and you will see it here in the drapes and bedspread.  Not so sure about that column in the middle of the room – that might be a head-knocker in the middle of the night!

Neuschwanstein was still incomplete when Ludwig II died in 1886. The King never intended to make the palace accessible to the public.  However, no more than six weeks after the King’s death, the Prince-Regent Luitpold ordered the palace opened to paying visitors. 

~~~~~~~~~~To Be Continued~~~~~~~~~~

Judy is living in Central Florida with her retired U.S. Air Force husband of 50+ years. Born in Dallas, Texas, she grew up in the Southwestern United States.She met her husband at their church, where he was attending the university in her town. After college and seminary, he entered the Air Force, and their adventures began.They lived in eight of our United States, and spent six years in Europe, where their oldest daughter was born. She was a stay-at-home mom for many years .

  Judy has always been involved with music, both playing the piano and singing. Always interested in exercise, she was an aerobic dancing instructor, as well as a piano teacher for many years, and continues to faithfully exercise at home.

After moving to Central Florida, she served as a church secretary for nearly nine years.Her main hobby at this point in time is scanning pictures and 35mm slides into the computer. She also enjoys scrapbooking.She and her husband have two married daughters and four grandchildren, including grandtwins as well as a great-grandson. She and her husband enjoy the Disney parks as often as possible.

3 Responses to “Random Memories of Germany- Our Favorite Castles Part 2”

  1. Onisha Ellis August 25, 2020 at 10:27 pm #

    The castles are magnificent. I can’t imagine such a life.


  2. divoran09 August 24, 2020 at 4:13 pm #

    We’re always thrilled with your delightful photographs and memories.


  3. Sue Waters August 23, 2020 at 7:26 am #

    This brings back sweet memories. I’m really enjoying them.

    Liked by 1 person

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