Travel to Castle of Neuschwanstein
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King Ludwigs II chronological biography:
Born on 25th August 1845 in Nymphenburg Palace
King of Bavaria 1864-1886
Died on 13th June 1886 in Lake Starnberg near Munich
August 25, 1845 Prince Ludwig II was born late at night in Nymphenburg Castle in Munich Germany. His father was Crown Prince Maxmilian II and his mother Princess Marie of Prussia. He was given his grandfather's name officially on August 26. (Ludwig I born August 26, 1825 -1868)
March 20, 1848 Ludwig I gives up the crown on his son Crown Prince Maxmilian II.
April 27, 1848 Ludwig II brother Crown Prince Otto is born.
February 2, 1861 Ludwig II receives his parent's permission to attend his first Wagner performance of "Lohengrin" in Munich.
March 10, 1864 King Maxmilian II dies of a blood disease, immediately King Ludwig the II takes his oath.
May 4, 1864 the first meeting between the Ludwig II and Richard Wagner take place they speak about the plans to build a large theater in Munich.
May 10, 1866 Ludwig II signs agreement with Bismarck which is to believe to be the beginning of his end.
May 22, 1866 Ludwig II does not speak at the opening of his cabinet in Munich, but goes to Switzerland to see Wagner.
January 22, 1867 Ludwig II is engaged to his cousin Sophie sister of the Countess Elizabeth of Austria. (Sissy)
July 1867 Ludwig II visits the World's Fair in Paris. After changing the date for his wedding 3 times it is cancelled October 10, 1867. The first plans are made for the Palace of Linderhof and Neuschwanstein Castle.
February 21, 1868 King Ludwig I of Bavaria dies.
June 21, 1868 Richard Wagner's first success with the opera "The Meister Singers".
September 5, 1869 the corner stone is set for building of Neuschwanstein Castle.
September 22, 1869 Wagner's opera Rhine Gold from the story of "The Ring of the Nibelungen" is first performed.
July 15, 1870 France declares war on Russia.
July 16 Ludwig II turns command of the Bavarian troops to Bismarck.
July 16, 1871 victory celebration in Munich.
May 22, 1872 the laying of the corner stone for the (Festspielhaus) opera house in Bayreuth.
Ludwig II begins the building of the hunting lodge Schachen near Garmisch.
1863 Ludwig II buys the island of Herrenwörth on the lake of Chiemsee; later the island was named Herren Chiemsee.
1875 Ludwig II brother Otto is taken to the Castle of Fürstenried and kept under supervision as his mental state declines.
August 1876 Ludwig II visits Bayreuth for the opening of the Festspielhaus, and the first performance of "The Ring the Nibelungen"; the Palace of Linderhof is completed.
May 21, 1878 the corner stone for the building of Herren Chiemsee is placed.
1880 the family Wittelsbach celebrates its 700 year anniversary.
February 13, 1883 Richard Wagner dies in Venice Italy.
1886 the Kings cabinet find itself out of money, there is no more money for his buildings.
June 8, 1886 King Ludwig the II of Bavaria is declared insane and unable to rule by Dr. Gudden and two other Doctors.
June 9, 1886 the King is deposed from his throne and all his powers removed. Graf Dürckheim Ludwig's Sergeant of Arms goes to Munich on Ludwig's behalf and is arrested.
A state commission goes to Neuschwanstein to arrest Ludwig II and remove all his personal rights. Ludwig refuses all offers of help, and will not flee to safety accepting his fate.
June 10, 1886 Crown Prince Luitpold the brother of Ludwig's father Maxmilian II is declared Prince Regent; he immediately takes over all of Ludwig's responsibilities.
June 11, 1886 Dr. Gudden arrives at Neuschwanstein accompanied by two other doctors and five medical helpers. Ludwig II is put under arrest; he goes peacefully of his own free will with Dr. Gudden and co.
On June 12, 1886 Ludwig is taken to the Palace of Berg located on the lake of Starnberg near Munich.
On June 13, 1886 after dinner Ludwig and Dr. Gudden go for walk along the lake they never return, both are later found dead in the lake in knee deep water.
What really happen that night at the Lake of Starnberg has never been proven; there are many theories. There are no witnesses or proven conclusive evidence.
The hearts of the Bavarian Kings are located in the small chapel of the Black Madonna in town of Altötting.
Here the Golden Cup holding the heart of King Ludwig II of Bavaria 1845-1886 is shown.