German Cultural Identity: The Castles of Mad Ludwig II
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German Cultural Identity:The Castles of Mad Ludwig IIAnthea Rokop
The CastlesThe rich history of these three castles of Mad Ludwig II help define Germanys cultural identity.Ludwigs castles are classic, romantic, and glorious.His castles are located in Bavaria.They are very popular with tourists from around Germany and the world.The castles have towering turrets and are located in striking settings of the Bavarian country-side.
Neuschwanstein Castle Fairy-tale turrets decorate Neuschwanstein Castle, King Ludwig's alpine retreat. This was the inspiration for Disney
Who is Mad Ludwig II? He was born 1845 just outside of Munich. He spent much of his youth in a castle known as Hohenschwangau (high region of the swan) At age 19 he ascended the throne. He had a love for the Bavarian Alps where he chose to build his castles.He was thought to be shy and odd; his death is a mystery yet to be solved.
Mad Ludwig IIThe 1865 coronation of Mad Ludwig II
How does this affect German cultural identity?The amazing castles shows just some of the history of Germany.Germans take pride in the fantastic work done by their ancestors.These are some of the most famous castles in the world.Help define who Germans are; proud of their rich history.Currently, they are carefully renovating and fixing Neuschwanstein which shows their pride in history and love of culture.
German cultural identity as seen with NeuschwansteinTraditional German dancing outside Newschwanstein
QuestionsWho built the some of the most famous castles in the world; such as Neuschwanstein?King George IIIMad Ludwig IIQueen Elizabeth II
2. What is one reason this affects German cultural identity?They take pride and love the history of their ancestors
b. They get free food
c. They can have car races
BibliographyEnglish article 1http://www.ricksteves.com/tms/article.cfm?id=287&extras=falseEnglish article 2http://www.german-way.com/ludwig.htmlEnglish article 3http://www.german-way.com/neuschw.html
http://humblog.humboldt-institut.org/archives/3249German Students Visit Neuschwanstein