Travel Essay: Linderhof Palace - Home to Ludwig’s Dreams

Tucked away from view behind the deep green, fir-laden forests at the foot of the Bavarian Alps sits Linderhof Castle, the little known home to King Ludwig’s elaborate dreams of beauty, art and anonymity.

Upon entering, one immediately recognizes the same splendor of Ludwig’s larger palaces, the gold and stucco, the putty angels and Meissner chandeliers. But this one is special: Linderhof Castle exudes a level of intimacy unmatched in Kind Ludwig’s other grandiose constructions. The real difference to the better-known postcard-worthy palaces, of course, is that this comfy castle was actually his home for many years. It was here where Ludwig found solitude. It was here where he found time to dream. Big.

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Travel Essay: Murnau - Where Kandinsky lost his form

An hour-long train ride going south from Munich Hauptbahnhof, one slowly approaches the picturesque little town of Murnau, nestled in between lakes, moors and the Bavarian Alps. Murnau is not any old Bavarian town, though. Traditional stucco buildings barely hide what the bright and colorful facades cannot:  it is here, where Wassily Kandinsky moved traditional art into the modern, abstract era.

 

As it frequently happens, a visionary needs a muse and a strong shoulder to help him through his ups and downs. Therefore, any story about Kandinsky’s leap into abstract art would be incomplete without mentioning Gabriele Münter.

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