The Madness of Bavaria’s King Ludwig II Turned Out Great For Germany

The History Guy: “Ludwig II of Bavaria (1864-1886) was, by any standard, eccentric. He built fairy-tale castles in the nineteenth century, had imaginary conversations with Marie Antoinette, and liked poetry more than politicians. But whether he was actually mad was a mystery, as were the circumstances of his death. And his legacy has long outlived him. The History Guy recalls the mystery and tragedy of Mad King Ludwig.”

Bavaria is now a region of Germany.

When I was visiting Bavaria, I laughed to a local about their mad king. She quickly corrected me, saying Ludwig in building Disney-like castles has done wonders for the region’s tourist industry.

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