King's House on Schachen

King's House on Schachen

View of the King's House
General information
Type Hunting lodge
Architectural style Timber framed
Location Bavaria
Country Germany
Coordinates 47°25′10.91″N 11°6′45.31″E / 47.4196972°N 11.1125861°E / 47.4196972; 11.1125861Coordinates: 47°25′10.91″N 11°6′45.31″E / 47.4196972°N 11.1125861°E / 47.4196972; 11.1125861
Completed 1869 - 1872 (1869 - 1872)
Technical details
Floor count 2
Design and construction
Architect Georg von Dollmann

The King's House on Schachen (German: Königshaus am Schachen) is a small castle (Schlösschen) at Schachen, Wetterstein mountain massif, about 10 km south of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, Germany, built by Ludwig II of Bavaria. The castle was constructed between 1869 and 1872.[1] It can only be reached by a three- to four-hour hike, either from Elmau or Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and provides a view of Zugspitze.[2]

King's House

View from the other side

The King's House on Schachen was built between 1869-1872 to designs by architect Georg von Dollmann. It is often described as a hunting lodge, though Ludwig never used it for this purpose, instead utilizing it for birthday and anniversary celebrations.[3] The building is the least-known of the palaces built by Ludwig.[4] One room (known as the "Turkish Room") occupies the entire upper-floor of the castle, and is elaborately decorated in an Oriental fashion.[5] The extravagant upstairs interior stands in stark contrast to the exterior and ground floor, which are rather modest.[6]

Alpengarten auf dem Schachen

Adjacent to the house itself is the Alpengarten auf dem Schachen (1 hectare), an alpine botanical garden maintained by the Botanischer Garten München-Nymphenburg which cultivates over 1,000 plant species from the Alps to the Himalayas.


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