Linderhof was built as a hunting lodge in the secluded Graswang Valley, and was known as the "King’s Hut". It was planned as a modest villa, but became a splendid Rococo Palace in ornate French Style. It is the smallest of the three castles of King Ludwig and the only one that was complete finished (1878). Linderhof was the favorite summer home of the King, who spared no amount of Germany’s money to build it. The 198-acre grounds of Linderhof are wonderful and were patterned after Versailles near Paris.
There are four unique features of Linderhof that I remember:
The first is the water fountain that goes off every 15 minutes and shoots water high into the air above the castle.
The second is a man-made underground grotto complete with a lake. King Ludwig would sit inside a Swan-shaped boat on the water while listening to live performance of his favorite Wagner operas.
The third is a Moorish Kiosk that was originally built for the World Exhibition in Paris in 1876 and features a magnificent peacock throne. It was disassembled and moved piece by piece to its present location.
And the fourth is referred to as "tischlein deck dich". It seems that when King Ludwig was a child he heard a fairytale about a King who had a magic table. All this King would have to do is wish for whatever he wanted to eat and it would magically appear on the table. King Ludwig had a table built that could be hoisted up from three floors below (the kitchen) with whatever he wanted on it. For instance, he might announce his wishes through a metal tube that went to the kitchen, "I want a roast goose" The kitchen staff who had to anticipated several of his favorite meals, would quickly arrange the goose on the table and using a pulley system, hoist it up to where he was sitting. The floor would open the table would "appear".