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If you’re a fan of “mad” King Ludwig II, as I am, you might enjoy knowing that there’s a group of like-minded people, called the Friends of Ludwig (I’d be a natural for the group, but I think they’re mainly all in Germany). The Friends of Ludwig 2013 meeting is coming up. Living on another continent, I won’t be going, but let’s experience a bit of the eccentric king vicariously, okay?
The meetings will be held this week, from June 13 – 16 — the days when Ludwig was deposed and died in 1886.
Another meeting will be held in the crypt of the Dürckheim family. You may recall that Count von Dürckheim was Ludwig’s most faithful aide, staying with the king almost until the very end when Ludwig insisted he head to Münich to save his own reputation. A lecture that evening will be titled “Graf Dürckheim – faithful unto death.”
There’s a walk in the English Gardens at Hohenschwangau, the home of Ludwig’s youth, nearby Neuschwanstein.
Hopefully this little “tour” helped you feel a bit like you were there. Maybe in 2014 we can meet in person at the meeting … rest in peace, King Ludwig . You are missed.