As mentioned in the previous post, the first stop was Oberammegau. After that, we were off to the first of the two castles, Linderhof. Both of these castles were built by King Ludwig II (1845-1886), who became king suddenly at 18 at the unexpected death of his father. Ludwig had been a shy boy who loved reading and through his studies fell in love with the old kings of France from 200 years prior. When he became king he had a lot of ideas of things he wanted to change (like teaching soldiers to play musical instruments instead of how to fight, so the enemy came to do battle they would be charmed by the music and quickly realize how wrong the idea of war is), but quickly ran into trouble with the ministers of his day, who had very different ideas and got what they wanted. Also early into his reign he was forced by reasons beyond his control to sign a treaty with the rest of Germany, making Bavaria a dependent state whereas before it was independent. Because of these various disappointments, Ludwig II decided that he might as well retreat from reality and go build amazing palaces to live in and enjoy his own way of life away from people who didn't think like he did.
The only castle he finished in his lifetime was Linderhof. Ludwig II was obsessed with Versailles, and this palace was inspired from the way the older French kings lived. I had mentioned earlier, once you've seen one fancy palace, you've seen them all. Until you've seen Linderhof. OMG. OMG. Nothing can describe the extravagance. As the tour progressed, each room was more ornate and detailed and over the top than the previous. If I had a palace like that, I would definitely not live in reality either. We weren't allowed to take pictures inside, so the outside pictures are ones I took myself, and the inside ones are ones I found on the internet.
Also while at Linderhof, I bought an Apfelstrudel! Delish!!