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His life his work

The other projects

His work

Chapter 6

The other projects


Project of the castle of Falkenstein, gouache by Christian Jank

Except the realized constructions, Ludwig had in mind numerous projects which he was not able to realize. In 1884, the king had conceived the idea to set up a new castle the style of which had to get closer to Neuschwanstein: Falkenstein. For it he had bought, for a moderate 500-Mark sum, the place dreamed at the top of a peak of the same name, nearby Pfronten. Regrettably, the death and the financial difficulties favored by the government prevented Ludwig from seeing realizing its other dream.

The plans and the projects of decoration can be easily consulted, as well as we can today still make spot, see the ruin of the ancient building which should have been completely destroyed. Only waterworks were able to be brought.

Except this project, two other palaces were for the study, and the plans were already fixed: the Byzantine palace and the Chinese palace. This last building should have been born at the edge of Plansee in Tirol. These studies failed for the same reasons.

At the beginning of his reign, as Wagner still lived in Munich, Ludwig had intended to make build a gigantic theater, dedicated to the master, and placed on the left bank of Isar. Plans and models were already finished thanks to the contribution of the famous architect Gottfried Semper. Regrettably, this project provoked a general outcry of protests, given to the unpopularity of Wagner.

Ludwig thus gave up, but never forgave his capital for having forced him the hand. If the concept had succeeded, what would have given a considerable cultural development to the city, the king would not doubtless have run away so often beside herself. It is so for that reason that Ludwig participated actively in the foundation of Bayreuth, even if he did not approve the choice of this city.

On the other hand the sovereign made build in 1869, on the roofs of its residence of Munich, its famous winter garden. The structure without visible armatures was revolutionary. Ludwig took refuge with it very often, as on a desert island in the middle of the chaos. Rare were the ones who were invited to it, but when these privileged persons told their visit, all were unanimous to praise the delight for it and the fabulous side. It was dismantled in Ludwig’s death and there is there only the boat and some photos.

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