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"Bavaria's Mad Kings and Crazy Castles"

Text and photos By Robert W. Bone

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Munich's Rathaus (city hall) seen from exiting subway.

Twin towers of the cathedral, the symbol of Munich. The vast Nymphenburg palace in a suburb of Munich. A school tour of the Nyphenburg Palace. Palace portrait Lola Montez, one of Lugwig I's paramours.
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Statue of King Ludwig I in Munich. Portrait of King Ludwig II, grandson of Ludwig I. A painting of Ludwig II in his  electric-lighted sleigh. Hall of Mirrors in the palace of Amalienburg, Munich. Schlessheim Palace is state gallery for Baroque paintings.
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Schlessheim Palace is state gallery for Baroque paintings. Schlessheim Palace is state gallery for Baroque paintings. Herreninsel was the king's plan to duplicate Versailles. Gold bed of Ludwig II. Ball was his candle-lit night light. The village of Oberammagau, a tourism favorite in  Bavaria.
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Oberammagau: wall-painted house called Pilatushaus, Costume worn by "Jesus" in  Oberammagau passion play.. Garden of Castle Linderhof, near Oberammagau. Ludwig II's Castle Linderhof, near Oberammagau. Detail in the garden of Castle Linderhof.
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Young dancers perform in a traditional outdoor program held in Bavaria. Hohenschwangau, childhood summer home of Ludwig II. Hohenschwangau, childhood summer home of Ludwig II. Neuschwanstein castle, built by the Ludwig II near parents home. Erih Goessler & Thomas Guenter, in Bavarian dress near Neuwschwanstein.