Question: What did Ludwig II do?

Ludwig II (Ludwig Otto Friedrich Wilhelm; 25 August 1845 – 13 June 1886) was King of Bavaria from 1864 until his death in 1886. Ludwig succeeded to the throne in 1864. He was aged 18. Two years later, Bavaria and Austria fought a war against Prussia lasting only a matter of weeks, which they lost.

Why did Ludwig build Neuschwanstein?

The palace was commissioned by King Ludwig II of Bavaria as a retreat and in honour of Richard Wagner. Ludwig chose to pay for the palace out of his personal fortune and by means of extensive borrowing, rather than Bavarian public funds. Construction began in 1869, but was never fully completed.

What did Ludwig II build?

Ludwig II spent a large part of his childhood in Hohenschwangau Castle. Later he built Neuschwanstein, probably the most famous of his constructions, close by in a highly dramatic location on a cliff above the Pöllat Gorge. The interior is based on German chivalric legends and the operas of Richard Wagner.

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