Ludwig II

King of Bavaria (b.1845, d.1886)


The coffin of king Ludwig II in the crypt of St. Michael's Church in Munich. Ludwig succeeded his father in 1864. He is well known for his fairytale castles and his love for Richard Wagner and his operas. In 1886, the Bavarian state was nearly bankrupt because of his huge expenditures, and several members of the royal family had Ludwig declared insane (8 June 1886). His uncle, prince Luitpold, was appointed regent. On 13 June 1886, Ludwig escaped from his prison, Castle Berg, but drowned under mysterious circumstances in Lake Starnberg. His psychiatrist, dr. Gudden, was also found in the lake. The official version is that the doctor drowned while trying to prevent Ludwig's suicide.

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