Who killed Ludwig of Bavaria?

What happened on June 13, 1886 to Ludwig of Bavaria,(King Ludwig II of Bavaria) is still a mystery to this day. We know that the king drown in Lake Starnberg. His companion that evening, his psychiatrist Gudden, also drowns in the lake. According to official records, both of the men drown in less than waist deep water that night. How odd! With no water found in his lungs, and another person with him to rescue him, King Ludwig II of Bavaria drowned!

Officially ruled a suicide, there are many people who believe that the king actually was murdered by his adversaries. Some held the belief that it was not in the country’s best interest to keep the king alive. With his eccentrics, growing departure from the public eye, and out of control spending, there was definitely cause for concern over the kings actions.

Suicide is definitely one of the scenarios that could be correct in explaining the late Ludwig of Bavaria’s death. Toward the end of his rule, the king was of course at his most eccentric as of yet state. He continued to furnish and decorate his elaborate castles Linderhof Palace,Neuschwantstein Castle , and Herrenchiemsee , and his spending was out of control. Even though his advisors continued to tell him that he was out of money, the king paid no mind and continued to spend. He spent all of his inherited money and then turned to friends and relatives for more. It has been estimated that he was more than 14 million dollars in debt at the time he died.

It is highly improbable, however that the Ludwig of Bavaria died by suicide in the water. The king was known to be an excellent swimmer. He even had a bathtub the size of a whole room insideHerrenchiemsee, how could he drown in knee deep water.

Was it Colonel Mustard – or King Luitpold perhaps?

Ludwig of Bavaria’s advisors were scared of losing their jobs. The reason for this is because he had spent all of the money and they were trying to tell him that he shouldn’t be making more castles. For years they had been trying to tell him to converse with his people more, stop over spending, etc. Unfortunately this was advice that the king wouldn’t here and the staff was growing nervous. There was eventually talk that the king was going get rid of all of his advisors and start with new ones – most likely ones that would tell him he was doing everything right.

Of course this did not set well with the staff, and a plan was derived. Count von Holnstein, Dr. Bernhard von Gudden from the Munich Asylum, and Prince Luitpold, the king’s uncle were only a few of the men who conspired to declare the king incompetent to rule. With the king’s bizarre and reclusive behavior, as well as the fact that his brother was already insane it was an easy task to plot out the king’s decree of insanity. Could these men also have plotted his death?

There are a couple of accounts that say that perhaps the king wasn’t just out taking a walk with his doctor the night of his death. Some say that he was shot and that the Doctor Gudden was also shot, in order to cover up the fact that the king was murdered. Others say that he was poisoned and then drown. In my opinion I think that it is really odd that a person who was going to commit suicide would drown himself when they were an excellent swimmer. Also, if the king drowned because of suicide, how did the doctor drown, trying to save him? That seems a bit unrealistic.

It has also been said that the king died of natural causes like a heart attack or stroke, either while he was trying to escape his imprisonment in Castle Berg or just along his walk. Again, it is definitely possible that this happened, but what about the good doctor, he died trying to save the king? I think unlikely, but possible.

No one will ever know what happened to Ludwig of Bavaria, the secret as they say has gone to the grave. Consider a very strange man, lots of money and power at stake, and an angry government. Even though until the day he died, the king had many supporters and loyal subjects; there were plenty of people who were ready to take the power away from the king, including his uncle Luitpold. It is very possible that the king finally took his bizarre antics too far and inspired his uncle or other close advisor to in the end, murder.

What is Spaetzle?

Spaetzle is only one of the best German foods ever! Ok, I am biased. I love it, and have tried versions of it all over Bavaria. There are many, many ways to serve it and it all is good.

So, what is it? Spaetzle is a type of an egg noodle which looks like a little dumpling and is actually made like a little dumpling as well. You basically mix flower, salt, egg and some other ingredients and boil it until it is done. You can find the recipe for it here. There of course are variations of this dish that is widely consumed in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria, Hungary, France, and other parts of Europe. It is what you put with it, or on it, however that pushes this noodly dough into my “favorite food categories”!

As mentioned, Spätzle (the proper German way to spell it) can be served with numerous types of food and thus can take on many flavors. Sometimes caraway, nutmeg or dill is add to the spaetzle dough, depending on what it is being made to accompany. Cheese, spinach, or pork liver can sometimes be found ground into the dough as well. Water is usually the main medium that the dough is boiled in, but sometimes broth is used as well. Spaetzle is usually boiled for around three minutes. When the dough rises to the top of the water or broth, then it is time to take out and dry off by using a colander or strainer.

Spätzle can be found in many different shapes. Sometimes the shape is determined by how the dough is prepared. Some use food mills, graters, or colanders to push the dough through and make the shape. The shape sometimes comes from someone just making up the dough and piecing little pieces off, just by hand. You can find this pasta in long strips or in short pieces, more like a dumpling. It all depends on who is making it.

What is Spaetzle Served With?

Käsespätzle is my absolute favorite German food. It can’t be beat in my eyes, and it is very hard to get me to try something other than this dish when I am in Bavaria. Basically, it is like the German version of macaroni and cheese. The noodles are covered with cheese (a lot of times emmenthaler cheese) with fried onion sprinkled on top. Other cheeses that can be used are gruyere, Swiss, or quark. Many times more than one of these cheeses are mixed together for this dish. Depending on what cheese is used and how the onion is prepared, this one dish can take on so many different flavors, all wonderful.

Another dish made with spätzli (the northern German version of the word) is Spätzle und Saitenwürstle, a dish made of lentils and sausages put on top of the spaetzle. Many soups and stews in Germany and the surrounding regions are made with this type of pasta as well. You can find it in beef stew, goulash, and even in sauerkraut.

Kirschspätzle is a sweeter version of the Deutschland cuisine. The noodles are mixed with butter, cinnamon or nutmeg and cherries. I have never tried it this way yet, but it seems delicious. Another sweeter way to enjoy this food is Apfelspätzle. The dough is mixed in with smashed up apple before it is cooked. After cooking, sugar, cinnamon and butter is spread on top, for a delicious dessert.

What excites YOU about BAVARIA?

Mountains, castles, food, beer…

You have found THE place for information about Bavaria, Germany. Use this site as your personal tour guide. Find out about travel to and in the “upper” and “lower” regions. Learn about the history and culture. Discover the different attractions, castles, food (including beer of course), and accommodations that are offered in Freistaat Bayern.

From the Munich Airport to Würzburg and Bamberg to Weilheim-Schongau, there is so much to learn about magnificant Bavaria. Do you like romantic castles and the stories behind them? Just click on my castle link and read away! Maybe you are traveling to Germany, and need info on destinations, attractions or other travel links. Don’t worry, if you get lost just stop back at the home page and you will find what you are looking for.

So, who am I anyway? My name is Pamela and I love this awe inspiring part of Europe. Ever since my first visit there, I have been singing its praises and trying to convince all my friends and family to go visit. I finally realized that a good way to get my love of it out was to do a website so I could tell everybody about it. More importantly – tell everyone how easy it is to visit. I love learning new things about this German region and if I get one person to visit because of my website, then I am a success!

What will you find out in the following pages?

Do you want to learn more about food and dining options? It’s easy-click the German food/dining link. Alright, I know you really want to know about the BEER and Octoberfest! It is all here, and more. Nothing is fun without pictures. If you read the pages on my site and still don’t want to visit, look at the images here and you just might change your mind!

Use these pages to discover what I love about this alpine filled area of Germany! Figure out what you want to do and see while you’re there, or, write a awesome book report about the “mad” King Ludwig. You might even be looking at moving there or finding a second home or apartment there. Whatever the reason you are interested, and no matter what you want to find out more information about, Bavaria-info.com is sure to be a great Bavarian resource!

Travel by Train in Deutschland, circa 1975

As this former member of the US Army was stationed in Germany for almost three years, traveling by train was always an enjoyable experience. Great scenery: mountains, trees, farms, sheep, and tidy at that. On Saturday, all people sweep their sidewalks, and even the less wealthy folks have a clean and tidy place. Great people: a common greeting in Bavaria is Greiss Gott, or God greets you, Germans in circa 1975 appreciated Americans to protect them from the Russians, Germans generally don’t drink alcohol to get drunk loud and rowdy, just drink beer or wine because the water is not potable.

You can definately count on train arrivals and departures – Period. In case your watch doesn’t work, you can set your watch as you depart on your train by the time of the departure. Being late is bad, so Germans don’t do that. I’ve been through all these cities, plus more lessor known ones: Berlin, Dachau, Frankfurt, Grafenwohr, Karlsruhe, Kornwestheim, Ludwigsburg, Oettingen, Mannheim, Nurnburg, Salzburg, Schweinfurt, Stuttgart, Tubingen, and Ulm.

Travel by train is the norm for most longer trips in Germany. Shepherds in the distance with their flocks of sheep, take your pick of about 160 castles to visit, famous landmarks to numerous to leave one out, great food every where. The backyards of most folks houses have vegetable gardens and maybe some flowers, could be a couple of chickens, rabbits, or dogs nearby as well. Just not the American traditional backyard, grass.

I’ll just mention this, but 34 years ago, one must not flush the train toilet at the train station. Maybe I am living in the past, or maybe the rules are still the same.

Again, Germany has great people, great food, great places to visit, and lots of mountains to let the conductor of the train do the driving, to enable one to enjoy the scenery.

Train travel Germany – One of the best ways to see Bavaria!

I did a page on Train Travel Germany because it is hands down one of the best ways to see Germany. There are so many reasons why using the train is a great option for your travel plans. The combination of no airport headaches, no driving headaches, and the enhanced ability to see wonderful sights out your window make train travel the ultimate less stress way to travel. The train experience can’t be beat, and if you are traveling to Bavaria, Germany, or anywhere else in Europe for that matterThe Only way to Travel in Europe is by train! is by train!

What do I do if I want to travel by train?

It can be especially confusing for Americans traveling in Germany to figure out their travel plans on their own and consider train travel. Since some Americans may not use the train systems as often as Europeans, the travel planning can seem daunting. Don’t let planning train travel scare you! It isn’t that hard or scary, in fact it is really easy. Just relax, take your time and plan a little before you go. You will be rewarded by a low stress wonderful trip!By using a service like Eurostar Booking Center , you can easily book tickets, make your travel plans ahead of time, and save the hassle of trying to figure out how to buy the right tickets while you are already there. Let’s face it, there is nothing more stressful than trying to figure out what you are buying when you don’t speak the language – take the stress out by planning ahead!

Train Travel Germany – Figure out where you want to go

The European rail system is perfect for whatever travel plans you have, especially in Germany. Fast and efficient rails take you to pretty much anywhere you want to go in Bavaria. From Munich to Fussen, Wurzburg to Augsburg, Bavaria is a breeze to see by train. In fact you can even get an unlimited German rail pass for up to ten days of travel. This Map of Germany gives more detail of the rail routes in Germany.

Do you have experiences with traveling by train in Germany?

What do you think about travling through Bavaria and all of Germany by train? If you have a travel by train story, I’d love to hear it, and so would others who are thinking about using the train to travel in Germany. I am looking forward to hearing your story and seeing your pictures…!

The Wies Church

The Wies Church, or Wieskirche originated from a miracle that happened on June 14, 1738. In a remote area in Bavaria south of Schongau and Peiting, near the tiny village of Steingaden, there is a wooden figure called the “Scourged Saviour in the Wies”. Upon that figure someone saw tears falling from the eyes on the statue. This miraculous occasion drew in a pilgrimage from throughout Germany, and eventually throughout the world.

It is worth mentioning that at the time the tears were seen on the sculpture it was basically just sitting in someone’s barn. The statue, which had been made out of pieces from other sculptures had become and eyesore to the people who attended the then wooden church. After it was decided that the sculpture wasn’t fit for display it was sent up to the church attic, and then to a barn where it sat until the tears were seen flowing from It’s eyes.

Because of the many pilgrimages that were made to the site, it was soon recognized that a larger structure had to be made to accommodate all of the people that were travelling to the site. From that thought grew the Wies Church as it is today, in it’s beautiful and graceful rococo style. The church was created by Dominikus and Johann Baptist Zimmermann of Wessobrunn (brothers). The church is such the epitome of rococo architecture that it has been named a cultural site on the World Heritage List.

Inside the Wies Church…

Appropriately, the main feature of the church is the Scourged Saviour, where the original miracle of the tears were seen in 1738. Above the sculpture, magnificent frescoes depict the resurrection of Christ. Because of rococo styling of the church, the texture of the altar, ceilings, and pillars all display the ornate and gilded beauty of this type of architecture. The pews are solid wood and carved meticulously as are the other sculptures and statues to be seen adorning the church.

The Abbot and monastery of Steingaden were responsible for sponsoring the construction of the church and were certainly generous with their offerings. The colors demonstrated in the church represent the theological beliefs of sacrificial blood (red) and forgiveness and grace (blue). The windows throughout the church cast a warming light on the beautiful paintings and ornamentation seen throughout the castle.