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The view from Ludwig’s place. Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany. 2009

Posted by razzbuffnik on February 18th, 2010

Regular readers of this blog know I’m not a fan of palaces. Neuschwanstein, yet another monument to one man’s utter cluelessness and bad taste, left me cold, but I did enjoy the surroundings.

Say what you like about mad King Ludwig II, but he certainly owned some nice real estate.

As I looked out at the view from one Ludwigs balconies, I found myself thinking about Wagner and his music.

Anybody who knows anything about Wagner, knows he was an odious little creep as a human being, but as far as I’m concerned, he sure captured a sense of the landscape around Neuschwanstein in his music.

Here’s a two part video of Karajan conducting one of my favourite Wagner pieces, the overture from the opera Tannhäuser.



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10 Responses to “The view from Ludwig’s place. Neuschwanstein, Bavaria, Germany. 2009”

  1. Pat Coakley Says:

    Oh, this is beautiful beautiful beautiful! I only took photographs of that place as I was driving by it. Hey, even back then I guess I was into drive-bys. It’s funny. I never had the desire to go inside it. After seeing this, I wish I had!

  2. Donald Diddams Says:

    Wow, what a picture! I wonder if the light is always like that – so dramatic, like a Wagnerian opera.

  3. grasswire Says:

    it looks like a detail from some classical painting (which is meant as a compliment)

  4. razzbuffnik Says:


    Thanks for the compliment. I was very dissappointed with the interior. It was all done in romantic kitch of the type that Disney used in Snow White and the seven Dwarves. As a matter of fact it very easy to see what an influence Neuschwanstein had on Disney.


    I bet it’s like most mountainous places, over cast and rainy most of the time. I was there for only half a day so I’m guessing that I just got lucky and thank goodness I bracketed the shot 3 stops in either direction in RAW and my camera has a super CCD. The contrast range was very wide and it took about an hour of jiggery-pokery in photoshop to get the scene to look like it did to me eye when I took the shot.


    I know exactly what you mean. I’ll be putting up a shot soon, that I took in Tuscany which is an even better example of what I think you mean.

  5. Epicurienne Says:

    Yes yes Grasswire is right. Some of Caspar Friedrich’s work looks like the landscape around Neuschwanstein. This shot is absolutely beautiful. Germany is definitely underrated as a holiday destination…

  6. Joost Says:

    Bavaria, including Munich and much more of Germany is Heaven on Earth. Bavaria is the richest state of Germany full of hard-working skilled people. In my home country, the Netherlands, ordinary people as us (not the damned grachtengordel people or the mediapeople) look up to Germans. Many Dutch in the border area drive for beer, food, air travel and much more. In 2006, I was in Munich and it was great. Special recommended is the Deutsches Museum full of science and technic. And don’t forget the food and beer

  7. planetross Says:

    I like this place when I visited it: the castle was okay, but I’m glad it’s a tourist attraction now.
    I’d hate for some rich bastard to own this view.

  8. Joost Says:

    Neuschwanstein is a very giant tourist attraction, actually the a tourist trap with China-made souvenirs, expensive small portions of drinks and food, touring coaches and of course Japanese folks with digital camera’s. Stay away from such tourist traps. Similar tourist traps: Tour Eiffel and Montmartre in Paris, Ramblas in Barcelona, Leicester Square and Piccadilly Circus in London, Leaning Tower in Pisa, etc.

  9. razzbuffnik Says:


    I like the way you think. It would’ve driven Ludwig even crazier to know all us plebs were traipsing through his dream home.


    You are so right!

    Both my wife and I came to the same conclusion on our last trip.

  10. E74 Says:

    Wow – that is a view I would love to see when I wake up in the morning.

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