Random Memories of Germany-Our Favorite Castles

4 Oct

Herrenchiemsee-Part 5


Judy Wills

1969 – our trip to Bavaria – Herrenchiemsee Palace

The Porcelain Room

THE PORCELAIN ROOM was “first intended to be decorated with painted porcelain panels.  Inspirations for the mythological motifs stem from a room at Fountaineblue.”  French influence, one more, and more of Louis XIV, as well.

The Robing Chamber

THE ROBING CHAMBER is connected by a staircase to the bedroom.

I know this is a lot of technical information about this castle, but it would be difficult for me to describe it in detail – and it’s been many years since we visited there.  

Because this castle is built on an “island,” there really isn’t too much “town” around.  Lots of tourists go there to visit the castle, but also to snow ski in the winter time.  Because no one in our family snow skis, we really didn’t have much reason to visit there during the winter.

Aerial view of the palace and grounds

But this castle is, like Linderhof, extremely ornate – gold and gilt everywhere.  I’ve not read anything that says that Ludwig stayed here very much at all.  As I said, I suspect he was a very lonely man.  I did find where he was engaged in January 1867 to his cousin, Princess Sophie Charlotte of Bavaria, a sister of Empress Elizabeth of Austria.  Everything was in place – coins minted, etc, but in October of 1867, Ludwig dissolved the engagement, and never again thought of marriage.  And so he lived out his life alone.  

His death is shrouded in mystery.  He and a doctor were found drowned, and no one has ever discovered how that came to be.  However, I think the Bavarian people gave a sigh of relief, since he had practically bankrupted the country with the building of his castles.

However, we are now the recipients of these wonders – and we marvel at them.

1969 – taken on our trip to Bavaria

~~~~~~~~~~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.

One Response to “Random Memories of Germany-Our Favorite Castles”

  1. Onisha Ellis October 10, 2020 at 7:22 pm #

    I can’t imagine the building of these castles and coordinating the arrival of the ornate pieces.


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